Photo Credit: Kobi Gideon / GPO
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, with their sons Yair (R) and Avner (2L), on December 01, 2014.

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has filed a NIS 1 million civil lawsuit in the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court against the driver who secretly recorded him and his friends while driving them in 2015 during an evening out.

The driver later shared the recording with Israeli media, publicly embarrassing the younger Netanyahu as well as his family over remarks that reflected his sense of entitlement, but were clearly intended to be private and not shared with the entire world.


Yair Netanyahu was recorded while riding in a government-paid car driven by a government-paid chauffeur and protected by a government-paid security officer – allegedly the kind of staff one would expect to be able to trust.

Prime Minister Netanyahu’s response was to issue a statement saying, “Let every parent who watched the report (in which the recording was released -ed.) think how he or she would have reacted if every idle remark by their children were to become a headline on Channel 2, if every night out were subject to an investigation, and every conversation the target of a secret recording.”