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Anti-Assimilation Group Begs Bibi: Break up Son’s Dating Non-Jew

Sunday, January 26th, 2014

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.

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.

Netanyahu’s Son Court-Martialed for Going AWOL

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Sergeant Yair Netanyahu will pay a heavy price for his longing for home cooking. Yedioth Acharonot reports that the Prime Minister’s son got 21 days detention after abandoning the Friday night shift in his unit and going to dine with his family.

Netanyahu Jr., who serves in the international communications department of the IDF spokesperson’s unit, was assigned the weekend shift along with another soldier last week, but at some point decided to walk to his parents’ home in Rechavia, Jerusalem, not far from his unit, without permission. He was turned in by foreign journalists, who couldn’t reach him at his unit’s telephone and called his commander.

The commander, a Captain, conducted a surprise inspection to find out why his soldiers were not functioning. He looked for Yair Netanyahu, and the latter did not answer his cell phone, and settled for an SMS that said he had gone out for some food. The commander investigated some more, and found that the lad had been out for hours, and without permission, to boot. He was furious and informed Netanyahu that he would be court martialed.

Judgment Day came last Monday, when Netanyahu’s case was brought before the unit’s commanding officer, Colonel Avital Leibovich. He was tried on two counts of leaving his post without permission and on lying to his commanding officer. He was confined to his base for three weeks,  but yesterday filed an appeal for forgiveness with the IDF Spokesperson. A source in the unit said that it was not Netanyahu’s first disciplinary incident.

As befits his father’s high post, Yair Netanyahu is the only enlisted man in the Army with his own security detail. At any given moment he is followed by one or two bodyguards. On the Friday night in question, his guards followed him home, but unlike their charge, they did not go on trial, since they acted within the confines of their duty.

The Prime Minister’s Office declined to comment.

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