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Israel PM's son likens Kibbutz movement to Nazi Germany

Yair Netanyhahu in Jerusalem on 2 May 2017 [Yair Netanyhahu/Facebook]
Yair Netanyhahu in Washington, US on 11 June 2019 [Yair Netanyhahu/Facebook]

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son compared Israel's kibbutz movement to Nazis during a recent interview with a local radio station.

"Kibbutzim are something that doesn't exist outside of North Korea," Yair Netanyahu said,

We always know how ideas for utopian societies end. In the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany, there was a desire to create exemplary societies and utopian societies. It never ends well, the desire to engineer human society.

The kibbutz was first founded in 1936, 12 years before Israel gained its independence, and is a collective community traditionally based on agriculture.

In July, the 29-year-old attacked Kibbutz residents on Twitter, calling them "communists who stole half the country's land."

Yair was angry that the kibbutz movement has been playing an active role in organising the demonstrations against his father outside the prime minister's official residence

This is not the first time that Yair– who lives with his parents at the official Prime Minister's residence – has made controversial statements.

Earlier this year, he posted an offensive picture of the Hindu goddess Durga to attack his father's critics while last year he came under criticism after publishing several tweets denying the existence of Palestine because there is no "P" in the Arabic language.

READ: Hindus angered as Israel PM Netanyahu's son posts offensive image of goddess

Last week saw the launch of a new podcast by Yair with his first episode featuring Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world leaders closest to Netanyahu. Bolsonaro is known for his right-wing, conservative worldview and his pro-Israel positions.

Yair's provocative remarks often make it to the media, or in some cases, to court. He has sued and been sued because of his online squabbles.

In 2018, he was temporarily banned from Facebook after writing that he would prefer all Muslims to leave the country. In April, he called for a "free, democratic and Christian" Europe to replace the EU.

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