Netanyahu: My Son Yair Is Being 'Trampled' by 'Unbridled Aggression'

The prime minister speaks out against public responses over his son Yair's latest scandal involving an audio recording of him outside strip clubs with his friends

Noa Landau
Noa Landau
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, October 23, 2017
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, October 23, 2017Credit: Olivier Fitouss
Noa Landau
Noa Landau

In remarks he gave before departing for an official visit to India, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that people were "trampling" his son Yair "with unbridled, malicious aggression." Netanyahu's comments come on the heels of scandal involving a recording of his son outside of a strip club.

"My wife and I stand here as the mother and father of our son. He is a young man who loves the State of Israel with all of his soul," said Netanyahu. "I want you to think about how you would feel if they were trampling your kids with unbridled, malicious aggression. I'm saying this not only to the media, but also to the public figures who are turning up their nose sanctimoniously, with an absurd level of hypocrisy.

"I want to take this opportunity to thank the many, many citizens of Israel, who this week supported us despite the inhumane treatment we've seen. I want to tell the nation tonight how much we appreciate them. And I want to say something else – you give us strength to continue."

Netanyahus wife Sara will accompany him to India in celebration of 25 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries, but his son Yair will not, even though he had originally planned to go and even obtained the necessary visa.

Yair Netanyahu came under fire after it was revealed that on his debaucherous night, he was accompanied by a bodyguard and a driver, both provided to him through the state. On the tape, the young Netanyahu is heard telling his friend, the son of business tycoon Kobi Maimon, not to argue with him over 400 shekels (approximately $118) meant for a prostitute since his father received $20 billion from Netanyahu.

Weekly anti-corruption protests took place on Saturday night, this time featuring chants against Yair Netanyahu over the scandal.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:

Comments

SUBSCRIBERS JOIN THE CONVERSATION FASTER

Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

ICYMI

Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott