'Racist, Homophobe, Bully, Fascist': Sons of Israeli Leaders Trade Barbs on Facebook

After Yair Netanyahu claimed he was being unfairly targeted while the sons of other prime ministers get a pass, Ehud Olmert's two sons take him to task

Then-Prime Minister Designate Benjamin Netanyahu listens to then-outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Jerusalem, March 31, 2009.
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The sons of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert responded Wednesday to Yair Netanyahu, the son of current Israeli premiere Benjamin Netanyahu, after the latter mentioned one of them in a Facebook post.

Responding to claims he failed to pick up the Netanyahu-family dog's excrement, Yair Netanyahu took to Facebook to protest, complaining the media was biased against him and his family. In his post, the young Netanyahu asked why reporters were investigating claims into him but not into "the interesting relationship" between one of Olmert's sons and a Palestinian, and the ramifications their relationship has on Israel's security.

Though neither was mentioned by name, both Ariel and Shaul Olmert responded, claiming the comments were both racists and homophobic.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visiting Tel Gezer with his wife Sara and sons Yair and Avner in September, 2017.
Kobi Gideon

"Hey, Yair Netanyahu. We don't know each other. I'm Ariel, the secret son of Ehud Olmert. I'm the gay one, you know, the one that lives with a Palestinian and fled with him to Paris. What a nice story, ah? I see that it really moved you," he wrote sarcastically, referencing an old story that had falsely claimed he had a relationship with a Palestinian man and was likely the inspiration for Netanyahu's statement.

The younger of the two Olmert sons continued, writing he had no problem suing anyone who "promotes lies, and homophobic and racist stories" about him or his family. "The big problem is the racism and homophobic stench dripping" from the young Netanyahu's status, Ariel Olmert wrote, adding that though he is straight, he sees no problem in anyone being "gay or Palestinian."

Sharing Ariel's status, his older brother Shaul Olmert wrote that "me and my brother are well acquainted with the position of being the son of a prime minister. It's complicated, especially due to the shockwaves it sends through a family. In such testing times, someone's response tells you who they are and what they're values are. I read what my brother wrote and I'm happy to see [that unlike Yair Netanyahu] he's not a racist, a homophobe, a bully, a fascist."

Yair Netanyahu published his response on Tuesday after a Facebook page called "61" and run by the Molad organization published a post titled "Five things you didn't know about the heir to the throne, Yair Netanyahu." In his response, the younger Netanyahu also attacked the sons of former prime ministers Ariel Sharon and Shimon Peres. He also blasted the Molad organization and the New Israel Fund, calling the "Fund for the Extermination of Israel."

“Hi 61. I will not relate to all of the lies and slander. But how nice it is that your side is always driving people up the wall over incitement, demonization, character assassination and the crossing of red lines. What about some kind of exposé on the various and sundry (and foreign) sources of funding of those running this crazy page? What about some kind of exposé about “the son of us all” of Prime Minister [Ariel] Sharon who went to prison? What about some kind of exposé about “the son of us all” of Prime Minster [Ehud] Olmert, his interesting relations with a Palestinian man and its significance for the security of the country? Or “the son of us all” of Prime Minister [Shimon] Peres, who killed a soldier through the accidental discharge of a bullet and that the matter was played down? In the spirit of the current period, I have a message for all of the members of the Fund for the Extermination of Israel and their metastases,” Netanyahu wrote on Facebook.

Yair Netanyahu's Facebook post