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

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, October 23, 2017
Olivier Fitouss

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.