Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy
Is Netanyahu in the lineage of David?
(13 March, 2018, 26 Adar, 5778)
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PM Binyamin Netanyahu on the maternal side of his father descends from Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna who was a descendant of King David. It follows that the present Prime Minister of Israel is also descended from the Once and Future Monarch of the Israelite Nation. Through his strictly paternal lineage he from the Tribe of Levi. See: Yair Davidiy's answer to Is Netanyahu a Levite?
From the Avotaynu Web-site
Ancestry of the Gaon of Vilna : descent from King David
Avotaynu 21,3 (2005) 43-51
Jews -- Genealogy
Elijah ben Solomon, 1720-1797
Avotaynu; the International Review of Jewish Genealogy. Bergenfield, NJ
Netanyahu reveals his roots go back to Spain
Benjamin (Bibi) Netanyahu, 9th Prime Minister of Israel
Â Related to the Rabbi Eliyahu of Vilna (the Vilna Gaon) on his paternal side, Netanyahu was born in Tel Aviv, to Benzion Netanyahu (original name Mileikowsky) and Cela (Tsilah; nee Segal). His mother was born in 1912 in Petah Tikva, part of the future British Mandate of Palestine that eventually became Israel. Though all his grandparents were born in the Russian Empire (now Belarus, Lithuania and Poland), his mother's parents emigrated to Minneapolis in the United States.
Netanyahu's father is a former professor of Jewish history at Cornell University, a former editor of the Encyclopaedia Hebraica, and a former senior aide to Ze'ev Jabotinsky, who has remained active in research and writing into his 90s. His paternal grandfather was Rabbi Natan Mileikowsky, a leading Religious Zionist rabbi and JNF fundraiser.
Jeremiah (NASB) 33:
14 Behold, days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. 16 In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the LORD is our righteousness. 17 For thus says the LORD, 'David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man before Me to offer burnt offerings, to burn grain offerings and to prepare sacrifices continually.'
19 The word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, 20'Thus says the LORD, 'If you can break My covenant for the day and My covenant for the night, so that day and night will not be at their appointed time, 21 then My covenant may also be broken with' David' My servant so that he will not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levitical priests, My ministers. 22 As the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of' David' My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.'