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        1/27/2014, Shevat 26, 5774

      PM's Son Criticized for Non-Jewish Girlfriend

      Time reports Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was criticized by conservative Israeli lawmakers Monday after a report that his son Yair Netanyahu was dating a non-Jewish woman.

      A Norwegian newspaper, Dagen, published the report that Yair Netanyahu, 23, was dating Norwegian student Sandra Leikanger, 25. It said that the Israeli PM told his Norwegian counterpart Erna Solberg at a meeting in Davos last week that his son and Leikanger had enjoyed a recent holiday in Norway, says Time.

      The news was met with vocal criticism from some Israeli lawmakers. Nissim Ze’ev, a member of the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, told the Jerusalem Post Sunday: “As the prime minister of Israel and the Jewish people, he must display national responsibility via the values he presents inside his own household. I bet it pains him.” Time says Ze’ev added ”Any Jew who wants to maintain his roots wants to see his son marry a Jewish girl. There is no shortage of beautiful, successful girls without sowing in the fields of others.”