Yair Netanyahu and Ehud Barak face off in social media battle

Yair Netanyahu posted a controversial cartoon on Facebook featuring- among others- former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak. Thus began the ongoing social media battle between Israel's current prime minister's son and the former prime minister and Knesset party leader.
Ehud Barak and Yair Netanyahu Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel and Mark Israel Sellem, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

The uproar sparked by a cartoon that Yair Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son, posted on Facebook has turned into a full-fledged battle between him and former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

Yesterday (Friday), the young Netanyahu posted a cartoon on his Facebook page entitled "The Food Chain," which features- one after the other- caricatures of Hungarian billionaire George Soros, a lizard, a sorcerer reminiscent of Jews featured in antisemitic propaganda, Barak, Eldad Yaniv (one of the leaders of the anti-Netanyahu movement) and Mani Naftali (former house manager at the Netanyahu residence). 

Yair Netanyahu's controversial Facebook post Photo Credit: Facebook/ Channel 2 News

Barak responded to the cartoon on Twitter: "This is what the child hears at home? What is it, genetics or a mental illness? Doesn't matter. Either way, we should really fund a psychiatrist for him and not a security guard and a personal chauffeur."

Yair Netanyahu Photo Credit: Marc Israel Sellem, Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

Yair responded to his tweet in a scathing Facebook post: "I hope Ehud 'Barach' [a play on words, Hebrew for 'ran away'] didn't tweet at me from his Boston residence (from one shady deal to another) while drunk on whiskey (as I remember well). It's time for a geriatrician, Ehud."

The prime minister’s son also slammed the Ha'aretz newspaper after it tweeted: "Yair Netanyahu attacked Manny Naftali in a caricature from antisemitic conspiracy sites."

"Haa, the antisemitic Ha'aretz newspaper, 25% of which is owned by former Nazi news corporation DuMont Schauberg that was responsible for disseminating Nazi propaganda during the Holocaust and its current owner was in the Hitler Youth, is preaching to me about antisemitism," Netanyahu responded on Facebook.

This is not the first time Netanyahu has used Facebook as a platform for his political commentary; he was recently sued by Molad after he called the organization a "metastasis of the foundation for the destruction of Israel" in a Facebook post.

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