Les accords de normalisation ces derniers mois entre Israël et des pays arabes (Emirats arabes unis, Bahreïn, Soudan, Maroc), sont un succès diplomatique sur lequel Bibi Netanyahu, critiqué dans la rue pour sa gestion économique de la pandémie, essaie de capitaliser.

Le Premier ministre a multiplié les déplacements dans les villes arabes, un électorat qui lui est historiquement réfractaire, assurant que la normalisation apporterait de nouvelles opportunités pour la minorité arabe (20%), et se targuant même de s’y faire appeler familièrement « Abou Yaïr » –« le père de Yaïr » (en arabe), prénom de son fils…


Yair Netanyahu is the son of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, known for defending his father on social media.

Netanyahu was born in 1991 to Benjamin and Sara Netanyahu. He served in the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit. In January 2018, a scandal erupted when a recording of Netanyahu’s visit to a Tel Aviv strip club was leaked. In the tape, Netanyahu discussed strippers and referred to a controversial gas deal signed by his father. He filed a lawsuit for 1 million NIS ($272,000) against his driver, who allegedly recorded the tape.

He previously worked as social media director for Shurat HaDin, an Israeli NGO that provides legal services to victims of terrorist attacks. Netanyahu was put on leave in March 2019 after deriding President Reuven Rivlin for his work on Arab-Israeli coexistence. In December 2018, he was suspended from Facebook for 24 hours after posting anti-Muslim content. Among the comments was that « There will never be peace with those monsters in the form of men that have called themselves ‘Palestinians’ since 1964 ». Some observers have hypothesized that Netanyahu is looking for a job in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, although Netanyahu denies that he is looking for a political career.

In June 2019, it was reported that Netanyahu met with Katrina Pierson, a senior advisor for the Trump 2020 campaign.

He has published op-eds, for instance at Breitbart.

Netanyahu lives at Beit Aghion, the prime minister’s official residence in Jerusalem.

In May 2019, Netanyahu expressed support for right-wing nationalist figures Viktor Orbán, Matteo Salvini, Nigel Farage and Geert Wilders in the 2019 European Parliament election.

On 7 July 2019, he won a libel suit against Israeli Labor Party activist Abie Binyamin for the claim that Netanyahu was hiding millions in offshore accounts.

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