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The Lehava Organization for the Prevention of Assimilation in the Holy Land appealed to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu Sunday to break up his son Yair’s relationship with a Norwegian non-Jew.

Yair Netanyahu is dating Sandra  Leikange a fellow student, Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, The Jewish Press reported here earlier today.

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Citing the Prime Minister’s late father Ben Tzion as a “Jew and a Zionist who brought up his children with Jewish values,” the organization’s leader Benzi Gopstein wrote in a letter, “It is hard to believe that someone like you would let assimilation through the front door. The repercussions of your son’s actions are far-reaching… What kind of example of this for the son of the Prime Minister of the Jewish State that invests millions of dollars to prevent assimilation in the Diaspora, when assimilation is happening in his own home?”

Gopstein asserted that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s father “would turn over in his grave at the actions of his grandson” and said that even if his non-Jewish girlfriend were to convert, it would not be out of sincerity for Judaism.

Yair Netanyahu actually would be following his father’s example. Prime Minister Netanyahu’s second wife,  Fleur Cate, who  converted to Judaism. They divorced after three years.

Yair is the son of Netanyau’s third and current wife, Sara.

The Prime Minister has made recognition by the Palestinian Authority of Israel as a Jewish state a red line for any future agreement. Presumably, if Yair’s friendship with his blonde-haired Norwegian girlfriend blossoms into marriage, she will convert, and also presumably, in an Orthodox conversion.

That would be an interesting test for rabbis. Jewish law frowns on conversion and demands that a prospective convert show his or her sincerity and ability and desire to live according to Jewish law.

Yair’s  girlfriend reportedly is from a family of Christian evangelists, and her sister lives in Israel, not as a Jew.

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30 COMMENTS

  1. so what is wrong with being a good christian, Christ also was a Jew who gave His life for the people, and since christ circumcizes our hearts then what is the problem of her not observing Jewish laws, as Christ is the embodiment of the law who aids us in upholding the laws of Moses and dont tell me that none of the Jewish people have ever not broken any of Moses laws in word thought or in deed. Since christ redeemed us from the law, then what is the problem by believing in Him and the grace of G-d which was in Christ.?

  2. Heaven forbid that Bibi's son actually date a Christian! How terrible! Do you people who are against this realize what you sound like to the rest of the world? Anti-Christian words will not help anything. Jewish only words will not help anything. Where would Israel be today without Christians?? I would bet that their children would be beautiful and grow up to be good people. G-d bless them both!

  3. Ahhh, Hamashiach didn't redeem us from the law…He redeemed us from the 'penalty' of His Torah. The Law was and is still in full force. And there was always grace and not just since He walked the earth in flesh. Adam and Eve were shown grace in the garden; Noach was shown grace; Abraham was shown grace. Hamashiach has been here since the beginning.

  4. Judean were persons that lived in Judea. The term was shortened in the 17th century to Jew. Christ was a Judahite. A Judahite and a Jew or Judean are not always one in the same. Jews or Judean are not all Israelites. In fact only a few Judeans or Jews have the blood line of an Israelite.

  5. Self-control is difficult. Young and not-so-young people are driven by their passions. Random dating doesn't lead to committed family life. Bibi certainly can't tell his 23-year-old son, who served in the army, how to live. It's a little too late for that. The pro-Israel Christians can be either a bridge or a beachhead. Dealing with Jewish-Christian relationships requires sensitivity and firmness which must begin long before this stage. We respect our fellow human beings who support Israel and the Jewish people, but we are told by the Torah not to marry them. But only committed Jews who organize their social life around the Torah are going to avoid assimilation in this day and age when everything and everybody mix.

  6. Stephen Morgan I agree that the law is still in full force, but since homosexuals break the law in Leviticus 18 verse 22, they can receive forgiveness if they repent and acknowledge Christ as their redeemer who paid the price on Calvary for those sins of the flesh and those outside the body, but one has to be truly repentant, otherwise they mock Christ's suffering. and bring the wrath of G-d upon themselves and the nations who condone same.

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