It has been few years since Israel’s heated elections ended. The general public both those who distrusted and those who supported the current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, have come together to meet new challenges.

Just for the record, I voted for another candidate. I believed that Israel was in need of a different direction then the one promoted by Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet. Yet I accepted the results of these democratic elections and committed to continue to build a stronger and better Israel for all of its citizens and residents in the hope that one day we will be able to live in peace with our neighbors.

Today in order to honor the office of prime minister I would like to discuss the Hebrew meaning of the name – Benjamin Netanyahu.

Benjamin (בנימין) is grammatically speaking a compound word. That means that it consists of several words. Ben means “son” (בן) and yamin (ימין) means “right”. So the basic meaning of the name Benjamin is a son of the right.

Netanyahu (נתניהו) is also a compound word. Natan (נתן) means “he gave”. Yahu (יהו) is a shortened version of YHWH (instead of יהוה only יהו), the covenant name of the God of Israel. So the translation of the current prime minister’s last name means something like “YHWH gave”. In fact, of the cities in central Israel is called Natanya (it is connected to the same root word for giving).

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  1. Very interesting Dr. Eli. Benjamin Netanyahu = a son of the right YHWH (GOD) gave = GOD gave a son of the right (a right son?). WOW! GOD has put him there and clearly HE has a purpose, whatever that may be! I will be watching Israel’s Prime Minister whom GOD gave…a son of the right! You have my full attention! GOD Bless Israel and her people! Shalom!

    • It is his name :-), it does not mean it is true in every way :-). My own name is Eliyahu it means My God is LORD/YHVH. You do the math. 🙂

      • I agree Dr. Eli. I despise politics. But there were many kings in the Bible who oppressed their people. GOD allowed them to be in power for whatever reason. Moses = to pull out/draw out of water. Pharaoh = great/house. GOD used ‘draw out of water’ to deliver HIS People from ‘great/house’. GODs plans, thoughts and ways are far beyond ours. HE has HIS purpose. My heart goes out to Israel (wrestle)…why does GOD have Israel to struggle so much, when it is HIS Nation? Maybe, somehow GOD gets glory and others will know HE HAS DONE THIS THING!

  2. GOD instructed some in the Bible to be given names. John the Baptist = Yahweh is gracious. JESUS = Salvation. US President Trump = a playing card to win a trick. He is like Jehu in the Bible, rather ‘wild’ but, I believe GOD is using him to help Christians at this present moment. Whether we agree or not, GOD is in control and HE will use whomever HE wants. It is HIS will be done, not ours. Dr. Eli, I humbly ask forgiveness if I have caused an offense. It is not my motive or intent. Shalom!

  3. Thank you. I pray that God will give wisdom and guidance to P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu and President Donald Trump every day. I also pray for the peace of Jerusalem and for the protection of Israel. Shalom

  4. Shalom, peace and blessing are with Is-Ra-El and all the people in the Middle East.
    Peace and blessing be with the people of America.
    The mistake made was not to teach all the people in America the Hebrew language.

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