In a Facebook post this Wednesday, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote that leftist movements in the U.S. are more dangerous than neo-Nazis.
Responding to the unrest in Charlottesville, Yair Netanyahu took to his personal Facebook page and echoed President Trump’s “both sides” narrative, saying that Nazis are “dying out” and are making way for a new threat — that of leftists and civil rights movements.
“To put things in perspective. I’m a Jew, I’m an Israeli, the neo nazis scums in Virginia hate me and my country. But they belong to the past,” Netanyahu wrote. “Their breed is dying out. However the thugs of Antifa and BLM who hate my country (and America too in my view) just as much are getting stronger and stronger and becoming super dominant in American universities and public life.”
The comments were in contrast to a tweet posted by Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday, who said he was “outraged by expressions of anti-Semitism, neo-Nazism and racism,” at the Charlottesville rally, adding that everyone “should opposed this hatred.”
According to the Times of Israel, sources close to the Prime Minister distanced him from his son’s comments, saying, “Yair is an adult and his views are his alone.”
Israeli politicians are divided on Trump’s comments. Likud party MK Oren Hazan said Tuesday that Trump’s take on Charlottesville “is right.”
“Violence and extremism on any side is forbidden and demands condemnation,” Hazan said. “That doesn’t matter to the bleeding hearts on the left and in the media. After all, they believe that only the right is extremist and violent.”
Yesh Atid chair MK Yair Lapid and Zionist Union number two MK Tzipi Livni slammed Trump’s attempt to equate the two sides.
“There aren’t two sides,” Lapid said Wednesday according to the Times of Israel. “When Neo-Nazis march in Charlottesville and scream slogans against Jews and in support of white supremacy, the condemnation has to be unambiguous. They represent hate and evil. Anyone who believes in the human spirit must stand against them without fear.”
“When it comes to racism, anti-Semitism and Nazism, there are never two equal sides,” Livni said. “There’s good and there’s evil. Period.”
The crisis over Trump’s comments continue to grow after Saturday’s violence in the Virginia college town, where a rally by neo-Nazis and white supremacists over the removal of a Confederate statue left dozens injured and one woman dead.