newsIsrael News

Yair Netanyahu shares post saying IDF chief ‘will be remembered as failure’

The social media message criticized Lt. Gen. Halevi for failing to crack down on reservists refusing duty.

Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv, Nov. 29, 2022. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.
Yair Netanyahu, son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Tel Aviv, Nov. 29, 2022. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Yair Netanyahu, the older son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, garnered harsh criticism Monday after sharing a post on Facebook and Telegram that suggest that IDF Chief Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi will go down in history as “the most failed chief of staff.”

The Twitter post, originally written by journalist Erez Tadmor, criticized Halevi for not cracking down on reservists who refuse to show up for duty in protest of the judicial reform program.

“Not only did you not judge or oust even one of the organizers and instigators, but you surrendered to them and became an ambassador for refusers who demand that the government surrender to them,” Tadmor wrote. “In the test of history, when the fog clears and the dust settles, you, Halevi, will be remembered as the biggest failure and most destructive chief of staff in the history of the IDF and the State of Israel.”

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, a former IDF chief, blasted Yair Netanyahu, tweeting that Halevi was “one of the most outstanding officers I have met in all my years in the IDF and in the defense establishment—a brave, honest, matter-of-fact, cool-headed, thorough and balanced commander. Many citizens of the country owe him their lives.”

The prime minister responded to the controversy but did not explicitly condemn the post shared by his son.

“The State of Israel faces great challenges and as prime minister of Israel, I work day and night together with the defense minister, the chief of staff, senior IDF officials and the security forces to together ensure Israel’s security in any situation,” he tweeted.

Podcaster Yair Netanyahu, 32, has a history of controversial remarks on social media. In 2021, his Facebook account was suspended after he posted the address of a politician and called on followers to protest outside his home.

Originally published by Israel Hayom.

You have read 3 articles this month.
Register to receive full access to JNS.

Just before you scroll on...

Israel is at war.

JNS is combating the stream of misinformation on Israel with real, honest and factual reporting. In order to deliver this in-depth, unbiased coverage of Israel and the Jewish world, we rely on readers like you.

The support you provide allows our journalists to deliver the truth, free from bias and hidden agendas. Can we count on your support?

Every contribution, big or small, helps JNS.org remain a trusted source of news you can rely on.

Become a part of our mission by donating today
Topics
Comments
Thank you. You are a loyal JNS Reader.
You have read more than 10 articles this month.
Please register for full access to continue reading and post comments.
Never miss a thing
Get the best stories faster with JNS breaking news updates