Toronto Star

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

- ARON HELLER

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.

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Yair Netanyahu has been criticized for living a life of luxury at taxpayers’ expense.

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