Netanyahu distances himself from son’s tweets about Rabin killing Israelis & Holocaust survivors

Benjamin Netanyahu has distanced himself from his son Yair’s tweets about assassinated Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, which accused him of murdering Holocaust survivors and inflicting the dying of two,000 Israelis.

The Israeli prime minister mentioned in a press release that he doesn’t agree along with his son’s statements, writing that Yair’s “positions are his alone.”

Yair had claimed Rabin “murdered Holocaust survivors on the Altalena,” referring to a 1948 incident of combating between the newly-formed IDF, of which Rabin was a commander, and the Jewish militia group Irgun. The incident concerned the IDF taking pictures on the Altalena ship that had been carrying arms and recruits from Europe, however had offloaded its passengers earlier than combating started. 

He additionally mentioned that the previous Labour Party prime minister “caused the deaths of 2,000 Israelis” when he introduced Palestinian chief Yasir Arafat “and tens of thousands of terrorists” again from Tunis, Tunisia, the place they had been based mostly earlier than peace talks started forward of signing of the Oslo Accords in 1993.  

The since-deleted tweets had been in response to Democratic Camp MK Stav Shaffir’s feedback to an Israeli journalist that Netanyahu shouldn’t be in comparison with Rabin. “Rabin boldly led the country toward a peace agreement. Bibi is suspected of bribery, fraud and breach of trust,” Shaffir wrote. 

The Labour-Gasher Party mentioned it was making ready a libel go well with in opposition to the prime minister’s son over his remarks, and a protest was held at Rabin Square in Tel Aviv on Saturday.

“The Netanyahu family never got down from the balcony,” Chairman Amir Peretz informed the group, referring to Netanyahu’s look at protest the place Rabin was referred to as a “traitor” and a “Nazi” simply weeks earlier than his dying in 1995. Netanyahu has lengthy been accused of inciting violence in opposition to Rabin earlier than he was killed by a right-wing extremist.

Rabin’s son tweeted that Yair’s accusations about his father killing Holocaust survivors was harking back to a infamous picture of Rabin wearing an SS uniform that circulated earlier than his assassination. 

“Don’t say you didn’t see it. Perhaps this time, the attorney general will act against those who incite?” he wrote.