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Netanyahu defends son taped illicitly outside strip club

From Reuters - January 9, 2018

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday defended his son over drunken remarks made between visits to strip clubs and taped illicitly that drew criticism for being derogatory of women.

The recording, aired late on Monday by Israeli Hadashot News, was made in 2015 while Netanyahus son, Yair, touredstrip clubs in Tel Aviv while partying with two friends.

In it, Yair Netanyahu and his friends are heard teasing each other on who has paid for what during their night out on the town. When one of the friends tells Yair he spotted him 400 Shekels (about $115), Yair says: No, that was for the hooker.

In other portions of the recording Yair offers to arrange an ex-girlfriend for his friend in order to settle his debts, appears to rate strippers skills and appearances and is embarrassed by a late-night phone-call from his mother.

Yair issued a statement in which he said the news report was salacious, the recording illegal and that he was inebriated at the time.

I said ridiculous things about women and about other people, which should not have been said. These things do not represent me, the values I was raised on and what I believe in. I regret these and apologise to anyone hurt by them, said the statement, quoted in Israeli media.

The recording has made headlines in Israel, where Yair was criticised for using a state-funded car and driver to take him around strip clubs along with his state-funded security guard.

This is terrible moral bankruptcy. Debased, disgusting, rude behavior objectifying women while accompanied by a car and security funded by the state, opposition lawmaker Shelly Yachimovich said on Facebook.

Speaking with reporters in Jerusalem on Tuesday, the prime minister said his son was right to apologize. My wife and I raised our children to respect any person and to respect all women, Netanyahu said.

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