Israel’s ‘crown prince’ Netanyahu under fire for crude post

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes statements during a press conference at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, Wednesday, April 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Debbie Hill, Pool)

 

JERUSALEM (AP) — Since becoming an adult, the eldest son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly drawn media criticism for what has been portrayed as a life of privilege at taxpayers’ expense.

The 26-year-old Yair Netanyahu has been described as someone who hobnobs with world leaders and enjoys a state-funded bodyguard, while living at the prime minister’s official residence.

But his recent behavior, including a crude social media post, has now drawn public rebuke from the children of a former Israeli leader, along with threats of a libel suit.

It has also revived criticism of the Netanyahu family’s perceived hedonism and sense of entitlement, at a time when the prime minister faces multiple corruption allegations.

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