Israeli PM Netanyahu's scandal-plagued son Yair crudely insults Turkey amid spat

Ceria Alfonso
May 17, 2018

As an Israeli-Turkish tit-for-tat is in full swing, Israeli prime minister's son posted a controversial picture under an explicit caption.

Yair posted a story on his Instagram account showing an image that reads "F..."

Yair appears to have deleted his account but numerous screenshots of the vulgar text, which appears on a backdrop of the Turkish flag, have been shared on social media.

Turkey and Israel expelled each other's ambassadors on Tuesday over the killing by Israeli forces of more than 60 Palestinians in Gaza and amid the U.S. embassy's transfer to Jerusalem.

Since the border rallies began on March 30, more than 100 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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Erdogan on Tuesday said "Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state". Israel claims that Hamas is spurring the violence and using it for cover for attacks.

Yair Netanyahu, a son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had taken to Instagram to post a controversial picture captioned "F**k Turkey", The Haaretz reported. The post, that sparked controversy is believed to abuse Turkey after its President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blamed Israel for the killings in recent Gaza protest.

Israel expelled Turkey's consul-general in Jerusalem and, on Wednesday, summoned the country's deputy ambassador in Tel Aviv for a dressing down.

Israel responded in kind, with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saying Erdogan "well understands terrorism and slaughter" and should not preach to Israel over military ethics.

The cartoon took aim at his parents' critics, including former prime minister Ehud Barak, lawyer and Labor party activist Eldad Yaniv, and Menny Naftali, a former caretaker at the Prime Minister's Residence, who is at the heart of allegations of wrongdoing over which Sara Netanyahu, Yair's mother, is facing indictment.

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