Netanyahu's son deletes controversial Facebook post

Yair Netanyahu deletes post with caricature that caused an uproar on the left.

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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s son, Yair Netanyahu, on Sunday deleted a post from his Facebook account which included a caricature claimed by the left to be anti-Semitic.

The Prime Minister's son had sparked a storm when he posted the meme which was full of anti-Semitic overtones.

The meme, titled “food chain”, showed Jewish billionaire George Soros controlling a hook-nosed Jewish figure with his money, who is seen controlling fervent Netanyahu critic Eldad Yaniv, former Netanyahu residence housekeeper Manny Naftali, and former Prime Minister Ehud Barak.

The post caused a furor, especially after former KKK leader David Duke tweeted his support of the meme.

Opposition leader MK Yitzhak Herzog (Zionist Union) called for Netanyahu to apologize, and wrote on Twitter that he should be ashamed of himself for earning positive feedback from anti-Semites.

“Every Jew should feel a sense of horror and disgrace that a cartoon [in the] Der Stormer style came out of the residence of the prime minister of Israel and receives an embrace from [the] great anti-Semite,” Herzog wrote.

Barak responded by saying that Yair Netanyahu should see a psychiatrist.

"Is this what the kid hears at home? What is this, genetics or a spontaneous mental illness?" Barak wrote on Facebook.

"It doesn't matter. At any rate, it would be really worth it to pay for a psychiatrist for him, instead of a personal security detail and private vehicle," added Barak, hinting to criticism Netanyahu has come under for retaining a government-funded bodyguard, unlike the adult children of previous Israeli leaders.

Yair Netanyahu responded to Barak’s comments and said, "I hope Ehud Barak did not tweet about me from his Boston residence (where he goes from one dubious business deal to another) while he is drunk (which I remember him as often being). It's time for a geriatric doctor, Ehud."