Yesh Atid faction chairman Ofer Shelach received many negative reactions from
students in the right-wing student group Lavie when he spoke at Hebrew
University of Jerusalem on Wednesday night about the evils of "the occupation of the West Bank."
But one frustrated student has a more famous last name than others: Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's son, Yair, who is a freshman at the
When Shelach told the students that he, unlike them, was old
enough to remember life in Israel "before the occupation," Netanyahu heckled him
"Yeah, sure, it was just like Switzerland here."
Students in the Lavie group
said Netanyahu was active in the group and that even though this is his first
year he had distinguished himself as a student not afraid to show
"His views are just like his father's," a student in the
group said. "He can explain his views very well. He is doing good work and is
Netanyahu also defends Israel in English. He served in Tevel,
the IDF spokesman's unit branch that monitors and deals with the foreign
Speaking on a panel with three other MKs at the university,
Shelach said that "Israel is advancing daily to the status of South Africa" and
that "the occupation corrupts Israeli society, the IDF, Israeli justice, the
Israeli media and the Israeli image."
Likud MK Tzipi Hotovely pointed out that
Shelach's party chairman Yair Lapid disagreed with him in a interview with The
New York Times last month in which he said settlement construction should not be
frozen ahead of peace talks and Jerusalem will not be divided.