29-year-old Yair Netanyahu, eldest son of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

New Delhi: Yair Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eldest son, has now apologised to Hindus. This was after he faced massive flak from Indians as they found his now-deleted Twitter post offensive.

On Sunday, Yair (29) posted a picture of Hindu goddess Durga, with the superimposed face of Liat Ben Ari. Ari is the prosecutor of his father’s corruption cases. Avichai Mandelbit, Israeli Attorney General’s face was also superimposed over the tiger’s face. The many hands of Durga were replaced with arms raising the middle finger and the caption which accompanied stated, “know your place, despicable people.” Yair is quite active on social media and is often seen defending his father’s policies.

Yair Netanyahu now-deleted tweet

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Twitter users were split with reactions over the post as some Indians gave him the benefit of doubt attributing it to ignorance over the Hindu myth and faith, while others harshly criticised Yair for the “offensive” tweet.

However, on Monday he tweeted, “I’ve tweeted a meme from a satirical page, criticising political figures in Israel. I didn’t realise the meme also portrayed an image connected to the majestic Hindu faith. As soon as I realised it from comments of our Indian friends, I have removed the tweet. I apologise.”

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Yair has been in the center of several controversies in these past months. As recently as in June, he issued an apology to journalist Dana Weiss. As per media reports he allegedly suggested that the top reporter had attained her position through sexual favors.

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