In a remarkable video from 1978, 28-year-old MIT grad Benjamin Netanyahu debates whether there should be a Palestinian state created in the West Bank and Gaza. Netanyahu argues that such a state would have but one goal: to destroy the Jewish State of Israel. He reviews the history from 1948 to 1967, when Gaza was controlled by Egypt and the West Bank by Jordan and there were no calls to end the occupation, or for national sovereignty for the Palestinians.

But one thing was similar in that period and today: terror attacks against Israeli Jews. Netanyahu went by the name of Benjamin Nitay at the time. His brother Yonatan was an Israeli commando who led the Entebbe raid on July 4, 1976, during which he died. Netanyahu chose to use the name Nitay at MIT in large part for security reasons due to his brother’s notoriety and the spate of Palestinian terror attacks aimed at Israelis all over the world.

One of Netanyahu’s interrogators in the clip is Fouad Ajami, the well known political analyst.

Netanyahu’s strong defense of Israel rings as true today as it did in 1978. The video clip is only ten minutes and is well worth watching.


2 thoughts on “Netanyahu Defending Israel in 1978 Video

  • Thank you for the opportunity to see and hear Nitanyahu at such a young age and hear and see the same passion he has today. He is one of the great leaders of our time and I pray for him, his safety and that God will guide him in wisdom to lead his nation and to deal with his many enemies and most important, that he one day knows Jesus as his redeemer.

  • Thank you so much!!!! I have always loved the beloved Mr. Netanyahu and his wife. What a strong man to keep the message STRONG and UNWAVERING from age 28 to this very day. How many people are as convicted? May God Bless Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, and guide him in his decisions. I pray EVERY day for Yeshua to come into his heart. I believe he is a great reason Israel remains strong.God Bless Israel!

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