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Netanyahu’s son Creates Facebook Ruckus With Arab, Muslim Posts

25 June 2011 General 7 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

JERUSALEM — The Israeli prime minister’s 19-year-old son posted disparaging comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page, an Israeli paper reported Friday

Earlier this year, Yair Netanyahu posted that Muslims “celebrate hate and death,” the Haaretz daily reported. After Palestinian assailants entered a West Bank settlement and stabbed five members of an Israeli family to death, he wrote that “terror has a religion and it is Islam.”

Yair Netanyahu, the eldest of the prime minister’s two sons, is currently a soldier in the Israeli military’s media liaison unit.

A lawyer for the Netanyahu family, David Shimron, said the comments were those of a “teenager” and were “taken out of context in an attempt to defame the prime minister and his family,” Shimron said in a statement provided to The Associated Press.

According to the Haaretz report, the prime minister’s son also ran a Facebook group that called for a boycott of Arab businesses and products, and used obscenities to describe Arabs. He was 17 at the time. The group had a total of 23 members, the paper reported.

In another comment, he wrote that there had never been a Palestinian state and that he hoped “there would never be one.”

Haaretz said the comments in question were removed within two hours of the paper’s request for a response from the prime minister’s representatives.

The younger Netanyahu’s Facebook page also included comments on the Israeli version of the TV show Big Brother and a “like” directed at Israeli supermodel Bar Refaeli, alongside photos of himself with world leaders like Bill Clinton and Silvio Berlusconi.

A military spokesman said commanders had spoken to Netanyahu “to clarify to the soldier the military commands, outlining his mistakes, as would be done with any soldier in a similar situation.”

Some of the comments predated his military service, the military said.

Shimron, the Netanyahu family’s attorney, slammed Haaretz for reporting the comments.

“Bringing them up now is ridiculous and shows the cynical use of the words of a teenager, said in anger, when he could not imagine that someone would someday make use of them,” the lawyer wrote.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu and his wife believe in moderation and tolerance, and they respect all people without regard for their religion, origin or nationality and that is how they raise their children,” the statement said.

The families of Israeli leaders have typically been kept out of the spotlight, but Netanyahu’s family has sometimes drawn media attention in ways that have been a liability for the Israeli leader.

Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s third wife, has been criticized for allegedly mistreating her household staff and for meddling in state affairs. She has denied the accusations.

Original post: Netanyahu’s son abused Muslims on Facebook


  1. Why is this a story, there is a lot of bitter people over there, one can find many 17-19 year old Muslims with similar beliefs about Jews. Actually you can find many Muslims period with these beliefs.


  3. As much as I find Netanyahu’s son makes despicably racist remarks about Arabs and Muslims, I also find the comments of some of your readership equally as obnoxious and racist towards the very existence of Israel. Again it seems a few rotten apples in your Facebook blog are the most vocal and appear to be getting no feedback from your editors on what is acceptable and what is not.

  4. Muslims in Afghanistan bombed a hospital recently the maternity ward was especially hard hit and over 30 died. Also in Afghanistan an 8 year old girl was tricked into being a suicide bomber. She was given a package containing explosives by Muslim terrorists told she would not be hurt and then the package was detonated as the girl approached police.In Nigeria Muslim terrorists attacked a beer garden killing at least 25. Meanwhile in Egypt 10 Christian homes were burned and looted by Muslims due to a “rumor” that Christians were building a Church.These are just the latest outrages done in the the name of Islam. Given the conduct of Muslims worldwide it’s hard to argue with the comments of Yari Netanyahu.

  5. Well what can one say?
    Like father Like son…

  6. Here is a link to a story of how Coptics are treated in Egypt.

    The church received no relief from police for 5 hours the article relates the people surrounding the church as extremists, but if moderate Muslims did not intervene then how can it be assumed that there were any moderates and that this is simply how the majority of Muslims feel in this country. Once again the actions of Muslims do not match the words they use to describe thier religion.

    Netanyahu’s son lives in this region of the world, maybe he sees this type of behavior as typical Muslim behavior for the region rather than as an exception. So for this region of the world maybe his views are rooted in reality and not philosophy. He is very young, after all, and his views are going to be guided by what he sees and how it makes him feel, now by an overall understanding of Islam and its adherents worldwide.

  7. In the coptic post: the last sentence should read

    His is very young, after all, and his views are going to be guided by what he sees and how it makes him feel now, not by an overall understanding of Islam and its adherents worldwide.

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