Netanyahu’s son under fire for drunken strip-club talk
In recording, PM’s son makes sexist remarks and brags about his father’s influence
JERUSALEM— Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced a new scandal Tuesday after recordings emerged of his 26-year-old stayat-home son joyriding at taxpayer expense to Tel Aviv strip clubs with his super-rich buddies.
In the 2015 recording, Yair Netanyahu and his friends recount their night out on the town and make disparaging comments about strippers, waitresses and other women.
He is also heard drunkenly bragging about how the prime minister advanced a bill that he appears to believe delivered billions to his friend’s father — a blow to the premier, who is accused of accepting a fortune’s worth of cigars and champagne from rich supporters.
At one point, Yair refers to 400 shekels (about $115) paid to a prostitute. “Speaking of prostitutes, what’s open at this hour?” he asks his friends, before they settle on a bistro. “It’s possible the waitresses there go with the flow,” he adds.
The recording, aired Monday night on Israel’s top-rated news broadcast, sparked outrage and raised questions over why a state-funded bodyguard and driver were necessary to facilitate such debauchery.
Yair Netanyahu has long drawn criticism for living a life of privilege at taxpayers’ expense, hobnobbing with ultra-rich donors and making crude social media posts, all while never holding down a job.