Monday, 22 January 2018

World News

Prime Minister’s Son Under Fire After ‘Strip Club’ Tape

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son has been unmasked on tape apparently drunk outside a strip club talking about a key natural gas deal, leading to political fallout on Tuesday.

Aired by Israel’s Channel 2 television late on January 8 the 26-year-old can be heard speaking with the son of Kobi Maimon, a stakeholder in the company that owns a share in Israel’s offshore Tamar gas field.

Their conversation includes talk of strippers and prostitutes. Yair Netanyahu issued a statement apologising and saying he was only joking about the gas deal while “under the influence of alcohol”.

“My dad arranged $20 billion for your dad, you can give me 400 shekels ($116/97 euros),” he says.

 “These statements do not represent who I am nor the values on which I was raised,” he said.

“Regarding what I said about the gas deal, it was a joke. Anyone with a bit of common sense understands that right way.”

Netanyahu faced a difficult political battle over Israel’s natural gas arrangements, with opponents saying they overly favour the companies involved.

Labour party leader Avi Gabbay said the recording was a “new stain on the corrupt gas deal.”

 “Apparently, everything is fair game to attack the Netanyahu government and family, including using a secret and illegal recording of young men drinking alcohol.”