Yair Netanyahu: Like Father, Like Son
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
Now aged-26, a recording of Yair's wild night out three years ago came back to haunt the Netanyahu household.
Israel's prime minister is already confronted with investigations into his sordid dealings, along with large weekly street protests calling for his resignation - dubbing him the "crime minister."
Yair's tour of Tel Aviv strip clubs was with the son of gas tycoon Kobi Maimon, Roman Abramov, and his father's supplied bodyguard.
A recording of their conversation, aired Monday by Israel Television News, is hugely embarrassing to Netanyahu and his son.
They paid for erotic dancing, talked about hookers, and discussed a large natural gas deal arranged by PM Netanyahu.
Here's a transcript of their taped conversation - translated from Hebrew into English.
Yair Netanyahu: I'll text her to come "takeaway" with me bro… She's coming with me as "takeaway."
He thinks the stripper is coming with him, what a dumbass.
Can you tell him the stripper isn't coming? Forget it.
Bodyguard: Forget it. He's drunk. Where's the lady?
Roman Abramov: Bro, she pulled a fast one on you. She wanted you to take her to a room and give her 800 shekels like an idiot…You're dumbasses.
If someone had photographed you outside a strip club, do you realize what that would have looked like?
Son of Kobi Maimon: Do you know how much I've spent today? It wasn't even for me. I spent 400 shekels on him.
Netanyahu: No, it's all right. He paid you back.
Abramov: No, I used cash as well.
Maimon: 2,000 at the strip club.
Bodyguard: Tomorrow morning you'll wake up and remember nothing.
Abramov: No, I spent 400 in cash then as well.
Maimon: So you're exactly at 100.
Netanyahu: I'm a little in overdraft, bro. Dudu stung us.
Maimon: I've spent 3,000 today.
Netanyahu: I don't know how we're going to Ibiza.
Abramov: On what?
Maimon: 3,000 shekels I wasted.
Abramov: On what?
Maimon: I spent 300 at Clara and I gave Netanyahu 400.
Abramov: He also gave you 400 shekels.
Netanyahu: No, that was for the prostitute.
Abramov: No, he wanted to show Maimon how much he's spending, like he deserves respect.
Maimon: Dudu ran off on us, bro.
Netanyahu: But if you want, I'll fix you up with (his girlfriend at the time).
Maimon (laughing): How is that?
Netanyahu: I have to fix her up with everyone. I'm paying off my debts.
Maimon: You can't get her for yourself. I want that stripper. That will settle my debt."
Netanyahu: But bro, Jackie is the best.
Abramov: What do you mean. She'll come, you dumbass? Bro, he's tripping but he thinks it's real. He's tripping.
Netanyahu: I took her phone number but I don't think it's real.
Abramov: Bro, think about it. Do you know how many strippers I have on my phone that I had.
Maimon: Bro, I have the number of a stripper.
Abramov: It's about time. Half of my phone numbers are of strippers.
Maimon: But I brought you the stripper. I paid for her first.
Nu, you jerk. It was my money.
Abramov: Your money, you jerk?
Netanyahu: Bro, that Sophie. She was the hottest.
Abramov: Me first, listen. I had like 2,000 shekels for the dances. I'm not kidding. I had two lap dances.
Netanyahu: But where's all the rest?
Maimon: No, it was three dances.
Netanyahu: Where's the rest?
Maimon: Cause I spent it on you, on him. Every second I was like, go dance on his lap. I paid for your dance, bro.
Netanyahu: You paid for Jackie too.
Abramov: Wow, bro, we have to go back there.
(The bodyguard laughs)
Maimon: Look, even the bodyguard is laughing at you. You saw her kissing me, didn't you?
Bodyguard: I saw her shoving you away the whole time. That's what I saw.
Abramov: Bro, do you know how many girls I was with at Pussycat, you dumbass?
Did they kiss you?
Bro, what's the big deal?
Bro, she'll drive you nuts.
You're not even on her radar. Tomorrow it'll be someone else.
Abramov: What's your problem, you dumbass. She's a hooker, like, a hooker par excellence.
Netanyahu: It's my mother on the phone? My mom is calling. How embarrassing. M mom, wow how embarrassing that she's calling.
Abramov: Your mom, is your mom awake at these hours on Friday?
Maimon: Is she cool with leaving the house?
Abramov: At this hour?
Netanyahu: Why don't you get the Japanese girls...
(One of the three to the bodyguards): If he quits, bro, we'll to murder him…When you quit, be careful because you'll die, too bad for the kids.
Netanyahu: Dudu stung us.
Abramov: Now, bro, he's opening Leviathan (natural gas field). Now we're living off that, for two years, bro. What about Leviathan, tell us.
Netanyahu: My dad got a great deal for your dad.
Netanyahu: Bro, you have to be nice to me. Bro, my dad got your dad a sweet deal. He fought for it at the Knesset, bro.
Netanyahu: My father really fought for it. I remember.
Abramov: You owe us. You owe us 125 thousand.
Netanyahu: Bro, my dad just got you a 20 billion dollar deal and you can't spot me 400 shekels?
Maimon: Are we talking about Sheshinski (head of commission on natural gas royalties])?
Netanyahu: Not this time. Now it's the new one.
Abramov: Sheshinski is hell.
Netanyahu: He screwed you on that, but then he made up for it. He just got you 20 billion dollars.
Netanyahu: You're crying over 400 shekels. My father arranged 20 billion dollars for your father and you're crying over 400 shekels for me, you son of a bitch.
Abramov: I don't want this conversation getting out. God help us. God, if this gets out...
Bodyguard: Where are we going. Where do we drop him off?
Netanyahu: Can you put on Waze for a minute? Rothschild Boulevard, number 30 (Maimon's Tel Aviv apartment) and then to the apartment (of billionaire Packer at the Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv).
Netanyahu: If we're already talking hookers, what's open at this hour?
Maimon: Are you coming to Benedict? It's on Yair.
Netanyahu: It's on me, despite the 400…He needs to get out.
Bodyguard: No, no one is coming to replace me, don't worry.
Maimon: Let's go to Benedict, as long as Yair is paying.
Abramov: As long as Yair is paying I'm happy.
Netanyahu: Do you think the waitress will play along?
I don't know, let's check her out.
I don't know...
Maimon: I'm going to sleep.
Maimon: I'm going to sleep.
Abramov: Come on Yair, it's on Yair. Let's go. He didn't have money for a hooker. It was on Yair. It's on me. You just got 20 billion and you're crying.
Netanyahu: Son of a bitch. My father got you 20 billion.
The above conversation was recorded in a state-supplied car used by Yair Netanyahu, aged-24 at the time. It was only part of their exchange.
There was more Israel Television News didn't air. The above was bad enough.
The recording showed three youths abusing their privileged status. Following the airing, Yair Netanyahu's damage control effort fell flat, saying:
"Tonight I watched a disgraceful, yellow-press report that presented illegal recordings of a conversation that took place two and a half years ago. In a night conversation, under the influence of alcohol, I spoke nonsense about women and other things that were better left unsaid."
A separate statement from the Netanyahu family didn't help things, calling the aired conversation "cheap and malicious gossip regarding jokes that were made after a night of drinking, that don't reflect Yair's standing and were taken out of context from an illegal wiretap."
On Tuesday, he claimed one of his office's drivers "secretly recorded people who were guarded by bodyguards and then tried to sell the recordings, to at least two media outlets, for thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. These outlets refused."
The Yair apple in the Netanyahu household didn't fall far from the tree.
Make your own judgment.
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