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Gas deal and strippers: Netanyahu's son in hot water over leaked recording

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, casts his ballot together with his parents at a polling station in 2013.
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Yair Netanyahu heard asking for cash from the son of a gas magnate who benefited from PM's 2015 gas deal

Yair Netanyahu, the Prime Minister’s son, is under fire after Israeli media made public a recording where he's heard asking for cash from a friend whose father, he suggests, has benefited enormously from Netanyahu's passing a multibillion dollar gas deal through the Knesset.

“My father secured 20 billion dollars for your father, and you’re arguing with me about 400 shekels?" Yair is heard saying in the recording of the conversation with his friend, the son of the son of gas magnate Koby Maimon.

The exchange, where Yair says he needs the money to pay for a sex worker, took place outside a Tel Aviv strip club in 2015, according to Hadashot news.

Yair lashed out at the media for running the "biased and disgraceful" report containing nothing but "drunken ramblings" that do not represent his character and values.

According to the report, the conversation took place in an armored, state-funded car, in the presence of a driver and a security detail.

Koby Maimon is one of the major benefactors from 2015 natural gas deal with US energy giant Noble Energy to exploit offshore gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean. Netanyahu fought some two years to ratify the deal, which critics said puts the Israeli consumer at a disadvantage.

No stranger to controversy, Yair last week has unleashed a foul-mouthed tirade at members of a liberal think-tank during a mediation meeting to avoid taking a dispute to court.

Last year he made worldwide headlines for sharing on Facebook a neo-Nazi meme portraying liberal Jewish billionaire George Soros as controlling the world.

Benjamin Netanyahu has been interrogated several times as part of a police probe into suspected graft and bribes. It is unclear when the police are expected to present their recommendations.

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Give the kid a break, news media

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