Self Portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu


Self Portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu Althoughyear old Lt Col Jonathan Netanyahu, brother of Israel s current prime minister, was killed in battle during Israel sdaring hostage rescue mission in Africa, his personal reflections live on in these letters written to his family and friendsillustrations ☉ [PDF / Epub] ☆ Book Lover By Jennifer Kaufman ❤ – 9facts.co.uk brother of Israel s current prime minister ❮Epub❯ ➣ Secret Delivery / Her 24-Hour Protector ➢ Author Delores Fossen – 9facts.co.uk was killed in battle during Israel sdaring hostage rescue mission in Africa [BOOKS] ⚣ Kholodovs Last Mistress Author Kate Hewitt – 9facts.co.uk his personal reflections live on in these letters written to his family and friendsillustrations


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10 thoughts on “Self Portrait of a Hero: The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu

  1. Daniel Frank Daniel Frank says:

    There is a reason why Yoni Netanyahu is my personal hero This book had a profound impact on me and I recommend this to any Jew who is trying to understand zionism.Yoni s passion, work ethic and drive for success is unparalleled.

  2. Jamie Jamie says:

    Never mind my love for all things Israeli, this is a great read because it s a look inside the mind of someone I consider to be a great model for humanity A beatiful, noble, honest, flawed and real human who did his best to make a good mark on the world the best way he knew how If you re looking to be a better version of yourself, this book gives you some fuel to work harder at that.

  3. Orlee Orlee says:

    Amazing human being, being let into someone s struggles, triumphs and everyday days in letters is incomplete, inspiring, heartrending, uplifting Plus, maybe the best eulogy ever, given by Rabin.

  4. Karen Karen says:

    I really enjoy biographies and things Israeli I can t remember whether I read the book first or saw the movie first This is actually letters though, not a normal autobiography.

  5. Roy Eliya Roy Eliya says:

    I have read many books and this is my favorite Yoni has an incredible outlook on life, that is amazingly touching and relatable Do read this book, and hopefuly, some of Yoni will continue to live within each one of us.One of my favorite letters of his May 23, 1963Rina You re almost sixteen Do you realize you ve lived nearly a quarter of your life An insect, which only lives a few days, probably feels that its life span is enormous Perhaps that s why we believe that we still have an eternity I have read many books and this is my favorite Yoni has an incredible outlook on life, that is amazingly touching and relatable Do read this book, and hopefuly, some of Yoni will continue to live within each one of us.One of my favorite letters of his May 23, 1963Rina You re almost sixteen Do you realize you ve lived nearly a quarter of your life An insect, which only lives a few days, probably feels that its life span is enormous Perhaps that s why we believe that we still have an eternity ahead of us But, man does not live forever, and he should put the days of his life to the best possible use He should try to live life to his fullest How to do this I can t tell you If I had a clear answer, I d have half the solution to the puzzle called life I only know that I don t want to reach a certain age, look around me and suddenly discover that I ve created nothing, that I m like all other human beings who dash about like so many insects, back and forth, never accomplishing anything, endlessly repeating the routine of their existence only to descend to their graves, leaving behind them progeny that will merely repeat the same nothingness Why am I writing all this to you Perhaps to protest against your failure to realize that with every passing day you acquire a complete world Now, this very moment, you ve gained something From every mistake you make you gain a little Every single moment of your life is a whole epoch.Do you remember Rudyard Kipling s poem If In one of the stanzas he says If you can fill the unforgiven minuteWith sixty seconds worth of distance run,Yours is the earth.Because each and every minute is made up of seconds and of even briefer fragments of time, and every tiny fragment ought not to be allowed to pass in vain I must feel certain that not only at the moment of my death shall I be able to account for the time i have lived I ought to be ready at every moment of my life to confront myself and say This is what I have done.Regretabbly, Rina, we can t go back to where we were To this very day I swear that the best and most beautiful days I ever had were those when I was a child, living in Talpiot, hiding in huge fields, covered almost completely by grass, looking for lady bugs, seeing the world as the most marvelous place, and grown ups as veritable giants But this period, too, is over, and now I m facing the coming years of my life I can remember the past, but i cannot return to it It has passed, it s gone, finished I gaze at the future and dream of the life yet to come, with one year chasing another.In Israel, I lived in one world, but that world of mine was divided into many parts A world of aims one of them, for example, was common to us both to set up a troop Life consists of countless experiences and is measured from innumerable points of view But the things I did, I did with utter sincerity, and devoted all my strength to their accomplishment All this did not prevent me from living with myself, from contemplating things that no one beside me knew anything about.Here I have little contact with people my age I have no interest in them, I don t need them I am not part of them They re too frivolous I ve come across many like them in Israel and I must admit that those in Israel didn t interest me any than the ones here That I m alone and believe me in Israel too I was alone does not detract from the fact that I, as an individual, as a single unit, constitute an entire world My life will be complete not because of others, but because of myself If I err and I make mistakes, I ll start again and build anew There is no reason why the tower I build around myself, around my person, whatever it may be, should not stand forever.Death that s is the only thing that disturbs me It doesn t frighten me it arouses my curiousity It is a puzzle that I, like many others, have tried to solve without success I do not fear it because I attribute little value to a life without a purpose And if I should have to sacrifice my life to attain its goal, I ll do so willingly.Miss YouYoni

  6. Sharon Bressen Sharon Bressen says:

    Self Portrait of a Hero The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu 1963 1976 With an Introduction and Afterword by Benjamin and Iddo NetanyahuAfter reading A Voice Called by Yossi Katz and visiting the Golan Heights in Israel, I set out to readabout Yoni Netanyahu I picked up this book as well as Yoni s Last Battle by Iddo Netanyahu and proceeded to read both books at the same time The 34th anniversary of the Rescue at Entebbe told place when I was reading these two books.The book is a collecti Self Portrait of a Hero The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu 1963 1976 With an Introduction and Afterword by Benjamin and Iddo NetanyahuAfter reading A Voice Called by Yossi Katz and visiting the Golan Heights in Israel, I set out to readabout Yoni Netanyahu I picked up this book as well as Yoni s Last Battle by Iddo Netanyahu and proceeded to read both books at the same time The 34th anniversary of the Rescue at Entebbe told place when I was reading these two books.The book is a collection of letters collected from Yoni s friends and family after his death Beginning in 1963 with the first letter to an Israeli schoolmate, he chronicles the time spent in America where he is forced to move because of his father s research He knew at a very young age that his heart and soul belonged in Israel.In this time and age it was very refreshing to follow a man s maturing with his written words It was a different time when people corresponded by letters It made me stop and wonder if in the future we will have this documentation for our records of our heroes thoughts, dreams and desires.Through his own letters, we see a man that does not blindly follow all superior s commands but finds a way to work within the system Yoni by way of example gets his men to follow him because of their respect for the man Yoni is very detail orientated and never leaves anything to fate he checks and double checks.The last letter to his girlfriend is only days before the Raid on Entebbe in 1976 during which he is killed in the line of duty In this letter, he pours out his frustrations and doubts about losing his joy for life he wants to spendtime with her and start to make time for a personal life At times, we forget our heroes are also human and have their own personal desires.Our countries would not have succeeded without the unselfish acts of outstanding men and women Please read this book forinsight into the makeup of one exceptional person who put his life on the line for the good of the people and made the ultimate sacrifice

  7. Mouselet Mouselet says:

    Self Portrait of a Hero The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu is at once unlike and like the books I amaccustomed to reading Because the book is focused on his years with the Israeli Defense Force, it reads similarly to much of the military science fiction and space operas already on my shelf On the other handthis is real These are real people and places that I have some familiarity with in a historical sense, but with the added dimension of getting to know Yoni Jonathan and his famil Self Portrait of a Hero The Letters of Jonathan Netanyahu is at once unlike and like the books I amaccustomed to reading Because the book is focused on his years with the Israeli Defense Force, it reads similarly to much of the military science fiction and space operas already on my shelf On the other handthis is real These are real people and places that I have some familiarity with in a historical sense, but with the added dimension of getting to know Yoni Jonathan and his family through the letters he wrote.That s what makes this a sobering read, instead of just an interesting read through the lens of the consumate soldier In some ways I prefer my books because the end of this one was predetermined, and no matter how attached and invested the reader becomes in Yoni, there is no hope that he ll make it out alive in the end The last 100 pages or so I was watching the dates thinking, time is running out, he s going to die soon Don t get me wrong, I don t demand that every book I read have a happy ending But one of the experiences I desire from a book I ve never read before is that it surprise me I don t want to know what happens, at least, not the first time I read it I despise spoilers in every medium, and find myself feeling somewhat depressed and unsatisfied after finishing this book, purely because I knew the end.I believe Self Portrait of a Hero is certainly worth reading it s educational in multiple ways and Yoni was a skilled writer The translations were done wonderfully and I don t feel much has been lost.I just spent the last third of the book wishing I didn t know the ending, to createtension and interest on my part

  8. Welles Bristol Welles Bristol says:

    A unwitting autobiography of dedication selflessness A unwitting autobiography of dedication selflessness

  9. Yair Ben-Zvi Yair Ben-Zvi says:

    Finishing this book is a Pyrrhic victory On the one hand I m blown away by the image created of yoni netanyahu the man as given by his letters to family, friends, loves On the other, spoiler alert his death makes the correspondences harder and harder to read without difficulty This was one of the few truly complete men, nigh, persons I ve ever read about A giant with arrogance and coldness but brilliance and warmth to match As complex and nuanced as any tortured poet, as wildly thinkin Finishing this book is a Pyrrhic victory On the one hand I m blown away by the image created of yoni netanyahu the man as given by his letters to family, friends, loves On the other, spoiler alert his death makes the correspondences harder and harder to read without difficulty This was one of the few truly complete men, nigh, persons I ve ever read about A giant with arrogance and coldness but brilliance and warmth to match As complex and nuanced as any tortured poet, as wildly thinking and analyzing as any philosopher, Yoni was and continues to be a testament not only to the inherent weaknesses and greatness of the Jewish people but of humanity but of the pitfalls and grandeur of humanity as a whole Culminating in tears, this book has forged a place in my heart, my thoughts, and every drawing breath i take from this moment onward

  10. Whitney Whitney says:

    Collections of letters are often quite dull since most of us write correspondence that would interest no one but the individual we are writing to Yoni elevates letter writing to an almost poetic art My copy of this book is dog eared and underlined Like Love Letters from Cell 92, another stirring collection of letters, it s overshadowed by the fact that if you re reading it, you know how it ends This adds a sense of tragedy that infuses every letter with a sense of loss and hope Collections of letters are often quite dull since most of us write correspondence that would interest no one but the individual we are writing to Yoni elevates letter writing to an almost poetic art My copy of this book is dog eared and underlined Like Love Letters from Cell 92, another stirring collection of letters, it s overshadowed by the fact that if you re reading it, you know how it ends This adds a sense of tragedy that infuses every letter with a sense of loss and hope

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