The far-left Molad think tank has threatened to sue Yair Netanyahu over statements he made on Facebook accusing the group of working for Israel's destruction, in a feud that has escalated to the point where it includes the children of previous Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert.
Attorneys representing Molad accused Netanyahu's oldest of "spreading fake news" in a preliminary notice.
The saga started after a Facebook page run by the left wing group "61" published an exposé on the Prime Minister's son Yair, in which they accused him of milking the taxpayers due to the high cost of his personal security, taking exorbitant ski vacations, and his ties to billionaire tycoon James Packer, who is currently under investigation by Israel Police for gifts he allegedly lavished on the Prime Minister.
Yair Netanyahu responded by strongly criticizing the organization, posting on Facebook that "Molad is a radical, anti-Zionist organization funded by the Foundation for the Destruction of Israel and the European Union.”
He also took a swipe at the offspring of previous Prime Ministers. asking "Why has no one talked about the son of Ariel Sharon, who was sent to prison? Why has no one talked about Ehud Olmert's son, who had an affair with a Palestinian and its implications for national security? Why has no one discussed how Shimon Peres's son accidentally killed another soldier and then hushed up the affair?"
Both Ariel and Shaul Olmert responded, accusing him of racism and homophobia. "Unlike you, I work for a living, and don't have connections to billionaires," Ariel Olmert said.
Yair Netanyahu is not the only member of the premier's family to be dealing with legal issues. The Prime Minister's wife Sara was questioned by police Wednesday, over concerns that she allegedly used government funds for private expenses.