Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son has been caught on tape seemingly drunk outside a strip club talking about a key natural gas deal, leading to political fallout on Tuesday. The audio recording of Yair Netanyahu, who was the subject of controversy in the past, was aired by Israel’s Channel 2 television late Monday.
On the recording, said to be from 2015, Yair Netanyahu, now 26, can be heard speaking with the son of Kobi Maimon, a stakeholder in a company that owns a share in Israel’s offshore Tamar gas field. Their conversation includes talk of strippers and prostitutes. “My dad arranged $20 billion for your dad — you can give me 400 shekels ($116/97 euros),” he says. Yair apologised saying he was joking “under influence of alcohol”. These statements do not represent who I am nor the values on which I was raised,” he said. “Regarding what I said about the gas deal, it was a joke. Anyone with a bit of common sense understands that right way.”