Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a rare, emotional interview on Fox New's new show "OBJECTified," hosted by TMZ founder Harvey Levin. The hour-long episode, which aired Sunday, was a candid behind the scenes look at Netanyahu's family and his childhood, including a story of how he broke news to his family about his brother Yoni's death during the 1976 raid on Entebbe.
Netanyahu sounded off on leading during the technological age, explaining how his family keeps him from being overly digitally connected. "The problem today for politicians is not being disconnected," he said. "They're overly connected and they're completely at the mercy of these shifting tides of opinion."
"What you have is, the internet has created this thing of instant referendum. What happens is you have political leaders who are constantly bombarded by polarized opinions and I don't think that's a good thing."
Instead, he said, "I like the idea of representative government - you're elected, you're given a period to exercise that power and then they can throw you out."
Netanyahu is currently serving his fourth - and third-consecutive term - in office, making him the second longest-serving prime minister in the country's history, after Israel's founding father, David Ben-Gurion.
The most raw and emotional part of the interview took place when Netanyahu recalled telling his parents about his brothers death. "I didn't want the news to reach them through the news," he said, "So I drove for seven hours, in this horror. I parked the car not far from my parents' home. And walked up the path that led to their house."
"There was a big window in their living room and I could see my father pacing back and forth with his hands behind his back," he continued. "And all of a sudden, he turned his gaze and he saw me and he had this... 'Bibi what are you doing' and then immediately understood, because he had heard about the news of the rescue. There was this horrible shriek that he gave, then I heard my mother shriek and so... it was like a second death. It was actually worse."
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