A princeling em­bar­rass­ing the coun­try

The Week Middle East - - News - Haaretz (Tel Aviv)

The el­dest son of Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu is “out of con­trol”, says Uri Mis­gav. Yair Ne­tanyahu’s “fits of rage” are now the talk of Is­rael. First, a neigh­bour re­vealed that the 26-year-old didn’t pick up his dog’s mess, and gave her “the fin­ger” when she com­plained about it. Then Yair flipped out and wrote a vul­gar rant on Face­book in re­sponse to a crit­i­cal post from the think tank Mo­lad, which noted that he doesn’t work and lives lav­ishly in the of­fi­cial pres­i­den­tial res­i­dence at tax­pay­ers’ ex­pense. Yair wrote that Mo­lad would do bet­ter to in­ves­ti­gate the al­leged crimes of Omri Sharon, the son of the late prime min­is­ter Ariel Sharon; im­plied that the son of the for­mer PM Ehud Olmert was gay or trea­sonous, or both; and topped it off with emo­jis of a raised mid­dle fin­ger and a smil­ing pile of poo. The tantrum has left him vul­ner­a­ble to mul­ti­ple defama­tion suits. Some ar­gue that the me­dia should leave Yair alone, be­cause he’s not an elected of­fi­cial. But “his par­ents, the im­pe­rial cou­ple” have been try­ing for years to por­tray him as “the nat­u­ral heir to the throne”, push­ing him into of­fi­cial meet­ings and haul­ing him along on diplo­matic trips. An ef­fec­tive leader “would have called his son to or­der”. Ne­tanyahu, though, in­flicts him on the coun­try.

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