A princeling embarrassing the country
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.