Yair Netanyahu, son of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, apologizes to former Wexner Israel scholarship students who sued him over tweets calling them members of a “secret sect,” Zman Yisrael reports , the Times of Israel’s sister site in Hebrew.
Dozens of prominent alumni filed a libel suit last year, demanding 1 million shekels ($ 303,000) in compensation for damage to their reputation, due to the young Netanyahu’s defamations against the prestigious leadership of the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
The program is endowed by the Wexner Foundation, founded by fashion mogul Leslie Wexner, which has come under intense scrutiny in recent years due to its close relationship with the late convicted pedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Yair Netanyahu called for the lawsuit to be dismissed, but his claim that a group could not bring a defamation claim was dismissed by the court, and the parties then began arbitration.
The lawsuit specifically reported on tweets in which former students were referred to as members of “mad” sects seeking to control Israel. In one article, Netanyahu called them a “cult of pedophiles taking control of our country and carrying out a coup in the past four years.” Pressed to delete that post, he later insisted he was only referring to Epstein.
As part of the arbitration deal, Netanyahu apologized and promised not to repeat the allegations on any platform. He also agreed to remove the social media posts in question and called on others to do the same.
“Between March and June 2020, I posted damaging articles on Wexner Foundation alumni on social media. After examining myself and being convinced by the former students, I think my remarks in these posts were incorrect, inappropriate and I find it fair to apologize for them, ”Netanyahu said in the apology.