Israeli PM’s son offends Muslims on facebook
The Zionisti prime minister’s 19-year-old son — a military spokesman — posted derisive comments about Arabs and Muslims on his Facebook page, drawing a slap on the wrist from his superiors and focusing new attention on the controversial first family.
Earlier this year, Yair Netanyahu posted that Muslims “celebrate hate and death,” the Haaretz daily newspaper reported Friday. In the same post he wrote that “terror has a religion and it is Islam.”
The defamatory comments drew an immediate condemnation from the Palestinians, who are skeptical of his father Benjamin Netanyahu’s declared willingness to make the painful concessions necessary to give them a state.
Yair Netanyahu also wrote that he hoped “there would never be” a Palestinian state, and two years prior, he ran a Facebook group of 23 people that had called for a boycott of Arab businesses and products.
Haaretz said the comments in question were removed from the Facebook page within two hours of the paper’s request for a response from the prime minister’s aides.
The prime minister’s office wouldn’t comment on the Facebook reports, referring questions to a lawyer for the Netanyahu family.
Attorney David Shimron said the comments were taken out of context, calling them “the cynical use of the words of a teenager, said in anger.”
Palestinian spokesman Husam Zomlot commented on the news saying: “That’s the teaching of his father, that’s what Netanyahu produced in terms of a family and that’s what Netanyahu produced in terms of a society.”
A military statement said commanders had spoken to Yair 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 on Facebook predated his military service, the military said, adding that he had been ordered to remove political statements posted after he was drafted.
The newspaper did not say how it obtained access to the Facebook account, though profiles can be viewed publicly unless users modify their security settings.
Benjamin Netanyahu served as premier from 1996 to 1999, then returned to power more than a decade later. While he has publicly accepted the principle of a Palestinian state, he argues that the essence of the remaining conflict is the Palestinians’ refusal to accept Israeli entity as the state of the Jewish people. Under his watch, peace efforts have stalled.
His son Yair was inducted into the military nearly two years ago, serving in a desirable non-combat position despite his family’s history of combat service. Zionist media have reported that unspecified health issues have kept Yair Netanyahu out of combat.
Zionist military has suffered a series of online embarrassments.
Soldiers have posted pictures on Facebook of themselves mistreating detained Palestinians and dancing on patrol. In one case, the military had to cancel an operation after a soldier revealed plans on his Facebook page.