Netanyahu's son sues political activist over fake passport post from 2016

Yair Netanyahu, son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, is suing a political activist over a Facebook post from 2016. In the post, Abie Binyamin wrote that the prime minister obtained a passport for his son under a fake name in order to open offshore bank accounts and deposit millions of dollars in them.
Yair Netanyahu Photo Credit: Marc Israel Sellem/Flash 90

Channel 2 News learned Wednesday night that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair is suing one of the Petah Tikva protest organizers. However, the reason for the lawsuit is not the weekly protest against the Israeli attorney general but rather a Facebook post that the activist, Abie Binyamin, uploaded over a year ago. After his parents won the suit against journalist Igal Sarna regarding a different Facebook post, Yair is now suing Binyamin for 140,000 NIS (almost $39,500).

The suit was filed Wednesday morning by attorney Yossi Cohen, who has represented the Netanyahu family members in several cases. The Facebook post in the center of the lawsuit was written by Binyamin and uploaded on August 17, 2016. During the same period, various reports of allegations that the prime minister was hiding money overseas were published. Binyamin wrote in the post: "One day, Bibi [the prime minister] called the head of the Mossad and asked for a passport in a fake name for his son Yair Netanyahu, just like what is done for spies, citing security reasons: to protect his hedonist son as he travels the world."

However, Binyamin claimed in the post that the prime minister had an ulterior motive for obtaining a fake passport for his son: opening bank accounts in foreign countries under the new fake identity in order to hide millions of dollars- a false allegation that was also never investigated. "Young Yair Netanyahu, who has barely earned anything in his life, is already very rich," Binyamin continued.  

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