'My Dad Made an Awesome Deal for Your Dad, Bro'

'And you can't spot me 400 shekels?' Netanyahu son asks tycoon's son
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 9, 2018 3:22 AM CST
'My Dad Made an Awesome Deal for Your Dad, Bro'
In this Jan. 22, 2013, photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, prays with his sons Yair, background, and Avner, right, at the Western Wall.   (AP Photo/Uriel Sinai, Pool, File)

"Bro, you got to spot me. My dad made an awesome deal for your dad, bro," the son of Israel's prime minister says to the son of a gas tycoon in a recording that has caused an uproar in Israel. In the 2015 recording, made outside a strip club, now 26-year-old Yair Netanyahu, son of Benjamin Netanyahu, tells Ori Maimon that he should loan him 400 shekels, or around $116, because his father had fought for a controversial gas field deal between the government and private companies, the Guardian reports. "Bro, my dad now arranged for you a $20 billion deal and you can't spot me 400 shekels?" Yair Netanyahu says in the recording. Lawyers for the prime minister, who's being investigated for alleged corruption, tried to block the broadcast of the tape.

In the recording, the friends also boast about the thousands of shekels they'd spent on private dances and joke to the government security guard accompanying them that he could be murdered if he leaked their conversation, the Times of Israel reports. Yair Netanyahu has apologized for his "ridiculous" remarks on the recording, which he says was illegally obtained. A lawyer for the Netanyahu family slammed the Israeli television channel that broadcast the recording, saying its "witch hunt" against the prime minister "has reached a new and unprecedented low with the broadcast of a secret tape of things that were said jokingly two and a half years ago, between young people drinking alcohol." (More Benjamin Netanyahu stories.)

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