Leading by example: Netanyahu’s youngest son joins the military [VIDEO]

I learned in the military a simple maxim about leadership — leaders lead by example. As you all know, I come from a family of military servicemen who served in combat for our country. Dad served in World War II, my older brother in Vietnam, and my nephew is currently serving in the U.S. Army. The senior member of our family comes from Mom’s side as my cousin is U.S. Air Force Major General (Ret) Ed Bolton. It is our family pride and legacy to have worn the uniform of our country serving in its defense.

So when I write about military matters and national security, it’s done from the perspective of one who’s been there, done that. This is why I have the utmost respect for Princess Diana’s two sons — Prince William and Prince Harry. I knew those fellas were over there in Helmand Province in Afghanistan serving their country.

And so it was in reading this story that I could fully understand the pride that must have been in this father’s heart. As reported by Truth Revolt, “Benjamin Netanyahu, like many parents before him, was by his youngest son’s side as he sent him to basic training and into the Israeli Defense Forces. Standing in Tel Aviv with his wife, Sara, and older son Yair, the proud family was there to support the young Avner Netanyahu as he was about to embark on a new chapter in his life. The Netanyahus, like any family which sees their family members go off to the military, were filled with pride and fear. “We are moved just like every mother and father who watch their son go off to the army. We are full of pride and naturally, worry. Everyone knows this, every home in Israel, and we are no different. I told Avner to take care of the state and to take care of himself,” the Prime Minister said.”

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu served in the elite Sayeret Matkal commando unit and he lost his brother, Yonatan, in the commando raid operation at Entebbe. And so it was that another generation of Netanyahu was off to serve his country and ensure its survival.

I found it interesting that in the 2012 presidential election, we had neither a sitting president nor Vice President nor candidates for the same office who had ever served in the U.S. military. And we seem to forget that the number one title of the president of the United States is Commander-in-Chief.

There was a time in America when the country first looked towards those who had served in uniform to be its civilian elected leaders. As a matter of fact, some 40 to 45 years ago, almost 70 percent of the members on Capitol Hill had served in the U.S. military.

What has happened in America? Yes, we do thank our men and women in uniform and there are yellow ribbons and kind gestures. But do we truly respect and honor military service in America — are these the type of men and women we want to lead our nation?

There are folks I meet who believe it should be a prerequisite for a candidate for president to have served in the military — I don’t believe we need to amend the Constitution to make such a requirement.

However, there is something to be said about not having “discovery learning” in the nation’s highest office involving its most important responsibility. Yes, I do believe someone who has been in combat understands the decisions that must be made in deploying Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen into harm’s way.

I do believe someone who has been on the receiving end of an AK-47 and has felt that funny feeling in the gut will make sound strategic policy decisions when it comes to our national security.

I believe someone who has worn those boots doesn’t reduce our men and women to some disconnected terminology of “boots on the ground” — these are our fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers, and sisters — a living breathing person, not some inanimate object.

You can believe that for Prime Minister Netanyahu, the protection of his country is personal and the support of his military is as well. He said, “I wish success to all the soldiers who are being inducted today and to all the parents who are feeling the way we do — calm down, it will be okay.”

Those words have power, credibility, and heartfelt sentiment because the one speaking them has indeed “been there, done that, and has the t-shirt.” Netanyahu can talk the talk because he has truly “walked the walk” — and that means he can look all other Israeli parents in the eye and truly know their hurt when they lose their son or daughter defending Israel.

I would hope that here in America we look at this example of leadership and expect — demand — more from those who seek to ascend to positions of leadership here in America. Netanyahu has had skin in the game — and that is the legacy of service, sacrifice, and commitment in his family.

Airborne and Godspeed, young Avner!


  1. Netanyahu also finally fired the two leftist ministers, Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid, effectively breaking up his coalition and prompting new elections, which’ll make the government even more right wing.

    Two good things in one day, awesome!

  2. We will never see the obama daughters do this. Probably because they cant pass the psychological entrance exam due to having abusive and dysfunctional parents.

      • Get over it leftard. The Bush family is far more stable than the Obama family given Barack’s drunken and womanizing ol’ man. And let’s not forget the way Hussein treats his family in Africa. Barack represents the broken black family very well.

      • And yet Carson rose above it but Obama hasn’t. He Is still the race pimp he was up here when he was a community organizer.

      • Rose above? Explain how Obama convinced millions of white people to vote for him. He came out of nowhere remember? carson has race baiting Fox News helping him, let’s see how far he gets.

      • [[ Explain how Obama convinced millions of white people to vote for him ]]

        White guilt.

        [[ He came out of nowhere remember?]]

        See above

        [[ carson has race baiting Fox News helping him, let’s see how far he gets.]]

        FOX responds to race baiting from YOUR ilk.

      • And that’s been a very profitable position for them. If it wasn’t for obama, liberals, demos, Clinton , feminists and more, what would FOX have to talk about.,

      • And conversely, you have the leftard MSM and PMSNBC who exists only to pimp LIEberalism and attack the right. Your point?

      • Nah, you’re still just another poor withe trash trailer monkey. No doubt you feel insecure out your President, Barack H. Obama, because his mere existence defies every lied you believe in and have been taught, and hope to teach to the young. (not so much success with your daughters) Maybe because you feel threatened you over compensate with moronic hateful rhetoric that only further disenfranchises you from the mainstream public.
        Whatever the case, you now have a mixed blood man in office, the product of an educated white woman from Kansas and an educated man from Africa. So with all due respect, suck on that hillbilly! If it’s any comfort, you can trust him around your women, unlike Newton LeRoy Gingrich. That old saying must be true, In the south a virgin is a girl that can run faster than her fathers,uncles and cousins. Looks like your mother lost that race! (haha)

      • “Nah’? How old are you?

        You’ll have to translate much of your post kid. When junior libtards like you get upset, the typos and spelling/grammar errors go though the roof.

        Obama is a clown and so are his devotees. He preys on dimwits like you. Education means nothing when you have to perform without your books. Obama proves that. And it’s always the leftards who bring up his race. This is why leftards……..especially white ones…………are mocked and ridiculed. To them, THEE ONLY important thing about Hussein is his race. You sure as hell can’t defend his policies. Oh and Obama’s lineage? The drunken ho hopping daddy? It figures you would hold such a lout in high esteem. Obama is lucky that the ol’ man banged a smart white woman. Otherwise he’d probably be a thug like Brown. So my guess is that your mammy banged a dog if your posts are any indication of your bloodline.

      • So your mammy did lose that race to her father after all. I thought a little family therapy would be good for you. Now you must take a lesson and release the self-hate. I don’t need to mention inflicting the same perversion on your sisters and daughters will only result in more offspring like you. So just say NO,incest baby!

      • Oh my, looks like you lost your race to your uncle Otis. No matter, you were born to chase those twenty dollars bills as they wistfully blow through the trailer park, after all.

      • Dear batboy…You are drinking too much….like most lefties whose Grey matter has dried up! Get your head out of your butt and give me all your hard earned money!  Oh, that’s right you have none…..good luck with the lefties… Give me your income!

        Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note®|PRO

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      • Bat boy…no one feels anything about this Niger obuma except embarrassment…..Thank GOD I am not a half breed marxist.
        And yes dumb bat boy..I know what Marxists are….

      • they are ignorant whites when they voted for Obama, now well informed voters who know the issues when they voted Republican.

      • you and the rest wouldn’t know what a Marxist was if it bit you on the ass. Plus, this country LOVES communists. So much we buy their products over American made and happily send our job to China to help their econ. All so American companies can save money and not pass their savings to us.
        Not to mention, West’s bromance was former KBG, former communist Russian leader. Slowly bringing the Soviet Union back to his people.

      • When american conpanies send jobs and build factories overseas they do it to save money. When that product comes back to the U.S. it’s still the same price.

      • “Just another tree monkey with his dick out.”
        Since you brought it up, how do you type with one in your mouth? Does your Man know? We’re all laughing at you.

      • Pure bred WASP ‘ S can do everything better! And my husband’s wanger makes all men cry with green eyes!

        Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note®|PRO

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      • “Wanger”? Busted, all the wasps chicks I know say:
        Alabama Black snake
        and finally WANKER! You’re probably a gypsy.

      • Lets see, George W. Bush believes that a grandchild is to be loved and cherised. hussein the dog eater thinks it needs to be hauled out in the abortion clinic trash.

  3. Netanyahu family are terrorist and this is a long the lines of bin Laden’s son joining the jihadist movement. I am a White Christian and I.don’t support the Israel and its war mongering and evil.

  4. President Obama will nominate Ashton B. Carter, a physicist with experience at the Pentagon, as his new Secretary of Defense. He has no military experience. He majored in physics and minored in Medieval history. The Islamic State is murdering thousands. There are problems of anarchy and Ebola threatening Africa. Putin is trying to recreate the old USSR with the Ukraine. Iran is close to getting nuclear weapons and North Korea already has them. The Gaza Strip is being run by a known terrorist group, Hamas. So who does Obama put in charge of the Dept. of Defense, in charge of the Pentagon and the Military??? A physicist???

    Why does this incompetent President surround himself with other incompetents? It’s because he’s a narcissist elitist who only wants to be surrounded by brown nosing yes men. Obviously he couldn’t find anyone with military experience who would agree with his insane policies.

  5. I wonder if Willard Romney is listening? I wonder if he and the t-bag community feels shame that none of HIS five sissy boys served in JACK! Thank God the wimp loser got his but handed to him by the long-legged mack daddy! (haha)

  6. Thank you Col. West for sharing this bit of news about Israeli P.M. Ben Netanyahu saying bye to his youngest son as he goes to serve his country. Netanyahu leads
    Israel today and in the past as he has always done, since we realize that GOD gave
    Israel to the Jews. It IS their homeland! I am proud to have supported the PM in the
    past and will continue to do so. Our family also has a record of four generations who
    have enlisted to serve our great country. My own husband served in the USCG for
    FOUR years during the late 1960’s when they were fishing Cubans out of the ocean,
    and finding empty boats and rafts on which obviously, people had failed in their
    attempts to make it to freedom in the US. It was hard to say goodbye to my only
    brother in 2003 when he was sent to Kuwaite, then later as he was sent to to Iraq,
    Dad served stateside during WWII, Grandpa served in Germany in WWI. My
    brother’s son went into the Navy to serve as his dad did, in Afghanistan, later. We
    are proud of our family’s record of service in the wars and actions of this country.
    I would love to see a man in the White House who is a service veteran, or a
    woman, for that matter. Think of the service of JFK, who actually saved several
    lives in WWII in the Pacific! What a proud moment that was! President George
    H.W. Bush was also a hero as a pilot! We thank God for your service, as we do
    also for all!! We would love to see you as a presidential candidate in the future,
    and in fact pray that you do run. In the meantime, thanks so much for all you do
    here and now!!

  7. “There was a time in America when the country first looked towards those who had served in uniform to be its civilian elected leaders. As a matter of fact, some 40 to 45 years ago, almost 70 percent of the members on Capitol Hill had served in the U.S. military.
    What has happened in America?”

    How can this possibly be a confusing question for an educated person? 40 years ago in 1974 most members of Congress were members of the WWII generation. That’s why every president between Eisenhower and Reagan served in WWII as well (except for Carter who didn’t graduate the Naval Academy until 1946). Virtually every man of that generation fought in the war or served in some capacity. Today most of our veterans in Congress are drawn from a smaller pool of veterans relative to the population. We’ve got a few Vietnam and Gulf War vets and some others who served in peace time. The Iraq and Afghanistan vets are just now starting to trickle into political careers. What happened to America is that we haven’t had any world wars lately so military vets are a smaller portion of the population and an even smaller portion of the age range at which people typically run for Congress.


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