Netanyahu's Son Yair, Who Caused Storm With anti-Semitic Cartoon Tweet, Says He Won’t Enter Politics

Announcement by Yair Netanyahu comes a few weeks after his father told Fox News that he hopes his children do not go into politics

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his son Yair on March 18, 2015.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair Netanyahu announced Wednesday that he won't be joining politics. The young Netanyahu made the announcement during a speech in honor of his father's 68th birthday. There have been rumors over the past year that he was being groomed as a possible successor.

"As someone who'll never in my life enter politics, the fact that you sacrifice yourself for the land and people of Israel is amazing," Yair said at the event. "It's amazing to see the sacrifice you make, and your willingness to make that sacrifice. Thank you for your sacrifice."  

The announcement comes a few weeks after the elder Netanyahu told Fox News that he hopes his children do not go into politics. "It's a very tough life," he said in an interview. In the past few months, the Netanyahu family has been under public scrutiny for allegations of corruption and excessive spending of government money.

Yair has made headlines in the past months over his conduct on social media. In September he posted and later deleted an image that used anti-Semitic imagery to portray Jewish billionarie and philanthropist George Soros as the reason for his family's growing legal problems.

The meme, captioned "the food chain," features a photo of Soros dangling the world in front of a reptilian creature, who dangles an alchemy symbol in front of a caricature of a figure reminiscent of the anti-Semitic “happy merchant” image.

David Duke, a Holocaust denier and former Ku Klux Klan leader, tweeted in agreement with the young Netanyahu. Two days later, the white supremacist website The Daily Stormer changed their website's tagline to "The World's #1 Yair Netanyahu fansite." 

The meme scandal was not the first controversy surrounding Yair Netanyahu. In August, he made headlines for refusing to pick up his dog's poop and when a left-wing think tank sued him for libel over a Facebook post he published regarding the incident.