Yair Netanyahu Apologizes to Channel 12 Anchorwoman for Slanderous Tweets

Channel 12's Dana Weiss filed a libel suit against the prime minister's son for tweets ridiculing her journalistic credentials

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Dana Weiss speaks at a conference at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, November 27, 2019.
Dana Weiss speaks at a conference at the Dan Hotel in Tel Aviv, November 27, 2019.Credit: Meged Gozani
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Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, apologized over Twitter Thursday to Channel 12 anchorwoman Dana Weiss after he ridiculed her journalistic qualifications in May.

“Does anyone know how Dana Weiss was appointed to such a senior position at Channel 2? Eloquent? No. Smart? No. Interesting…” Netanyahu tweeted May 24. When one commenter suggested that Weiss had interviewed for the position, like anyone else, Netanyahu shot back “Hmmmm... I don’t know if that’s called a job interview, what happened there.”

In response, Weiss and the media company notified Netanyahu that they would file a libel suit.

Netanyahu then mocked the lawsuit in another tweet. “Hahahaha, want to hear a joke? Channel 12 filed a complaint against *me* for libel on behalf of Dana Weiss,” he wrote. “The same channel that spilled my blood with criminal hidden recordings. Expect a strike.”

Yair Netanyahu attends a Likud rally in Tel Aviv, September 4, 2019.
Yair Netanyahu attends a Likud rally in Tel Aviv, September 4, 2019.Credit: Tomer Appelbaum

In a sharp turn, on Thursday morning Netanyahu tweeted that his posts from May 23 through 25 “regarding Ms. Dana Weiss are baseless. I apologize to her and call on all internet users to shake them off and remove all posts on the matter.”

Weiss told Haaretz in response that “As we see it, the words speak for themselves.”

This is not the first time that the younger Netanyahu has faced lawsuits for his controversial statements. Nir Hefetz, who was among the associates of the Netanyahu family and turned state’s evidence in Case 4000, sued Netanyahu for about half a million shekels after he claimed Netanyahu violated his privacy when he published confidential details from the police investigation.

Another half-million-shekel lawsuit was filed against Netanyahu by Avi Alkalay, a journalist from the Walla news website, after Netanyahu tweeted that Alkalay was a plant placed there by Wexner Foundation. In the tweet, he demanded that the attorney general bring Alkalay in for questioning “In order to understand [his] role in fabricating the case against the prime minister.”

Last year, Weiss was recorded calling Yair Netanyahu a “shit head” in front of the camera, a statement she later apologized for.

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