Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair, made a controversial Instagram post which read “F*ck Turkey,” amid the diplomatic row between the two countries over Monday’s ‘ massacre’ in Gaza.
Yair Netanyahu posted an image of the text that looked like the Turkish flag, which is red with a white star and crescent, to his Instagram story. In Yair’s image, the crescent replaced the letter ‘c’ in the word ‘f*ck.’
The controversial post comes in the wake of Turkey expelling Israel’s ambassador, Eitan Naeh, from Ankara in response to Israel’s killing of 60 Palestinians at the Great Return March protests in Gaza on Monday. Ankara also withdrew its ambassador in Tel Aviv along with its ambassador in the US. Israel responded with tit-for-tat measures.
There were no hard words lost between the leaders of the two states. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also slammed Netanyahu, calling him “the PM of an apartheid state,” and claiming he has “the blood of Palestinians on his hands.” Netanyahu responded by pointing to “the blood of countless Kurdish citizens in Turkey and Syria” on Erdogan’s hands.
Yair appears to have deleted his account, but screenshots are being widely shared on social media. A Netanyahu spokesperson told Haaretz, “Yair Netanyahu is a private person, as is his Instagram account."
This isn’t the first time Netanyahu’s son has invited controversy. In September, he was forced to delete a meme from his Facebook profile which was described as anti-Semitic and a nod to white supremacy. It is an Israeli take on a classic anti-Semitic cartoon which featured George Soros, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the Netanyahus’ former housekeeper, who sued the family. Former Klu Klux Klan leader David Duke tweeted his approval, writing, “Welcome to the club, Yair - absolutely amazing, wow, just wow.”
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In January, he caused further embarrassment for his family when tapes of him in a Tel Aviv strip club were released. In the recording, he discusses getting a prostitute and reminds his friend, Nir Maimon, the son of natural gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, of the “awesome deal” his father arranged for his father.
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