This research discusses the second-generation Likud leaders, known as the Princes, who have dominated Israeli politics for most of the last three decades: their relations with their parents and the extent to which they have followed in (or diverged from) their footsteps.

The main theme seeks to explore the unique, perhaps unprecedented, socio-political phenomenon of generational duplication in a western-type democracy. This volume examines the ways and means through which the disciples of Zionist leader Ze'ev Jabotinsky managed not only to maintain lasting control of their mentor's creation – to transform after Israel's establishment from a small opposition party into the country's dominant and ruling party – but also hand down this political pre-eminence to their descendants. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is the son of Ben-Zion Netanyahu, "foreign minister" of Jabotinsky's movement. President Reuven Rivlin is the son of resistance warrior Rachel Rivlin. MP Benny Begin is the son of Menachem Begin. Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and many others were also part of those "Princes".

A breakthrough in the world’s inter-generational research, the book is for readers interested in political science, sociology, and the politics of Israel and the Middle East.

chapter |6 pages


part I|120 pages

Pain and pride

chapter 1|17 pages

Children seared by legacy

chapter 2|12 pages

A generation of heirs

chapter 3|12 pages

The beginning


chapter 4|11 pages

The parents

Generation of the Revolt

chapter 6|10 pages

In the wilderness of the opposition

chapter 7|20 pages

The children are enlisted for life

chapter 8|25 pages

Ladies and gentlemen

A first political revolution

part II|54 pages

The Diadochi Wars

chapter 9|6 pages

The end of the Begin era

chapter 10|6 pages

Round one

Levy vs. Shamir

chapter 11|5 pages

Round two

Sharon takes the veterans by surprise

chapter 13|9 pages

Round three

Blowup at the party conference

chapter 15|5 pages

The fourth world war


chapter 16|6 pages

From factional wars to loss of power

part III|59 pages

From princes to kings

chapter 17|7 pages

The battle over Shamir's inheritance

chapter 18|16 pages

Together confronting the Oslo dream of peace

chapter 19|24 pages

At the high point, cracks appear

chapter 20|10 pages

The fall of the first heirs’ government

part IV|81 pages

Likud breakaway becomes the party of Sharon, Olmert, and Livni

chapter 21|24 pages

The Sharon-Netanyahu war

chapter 22|14 pages


King of Israel

chapter 24|3 pages

Most of the heirs break with their home

chapter 25|13 pages

The Likud

At the height of its decline

chapter 26|9 pages

The rise and fall of the Olmert government

part V|63 pages

The father, the son, and the Iranian nuclear threat

chapter 27|9 pages

Netanyahu's second government

chapter 28|12 pages

The Netanyahu dynasty

From the Nazi threat to the Iranian threat

chapter 29|33 pages

The heirs fulfill their parents’ dream

President and Prime Minister

chapter |7 pages