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Newsline: Former U.S Ambassador to Israel Accused of Trying to ‘Destroy the Jewish State’

Yair Netanyahu, the son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk engaged in a snarky game of one-upmanship on Twitter over the weekend, culminating in a charge by Netanyahu’s son that the former diplomat sought to “destroy the Jewish state.” (https://www.haaretz.com/us-news/yair-netanyahu-accuses-former-u-s-amb-of-trying-to-destroy-israel-1.7774386) The sniping began after Indyk posted a news story by Channel 13 (and former Haaretz) journalist Barak Ravid, reporting that Netanyahu had “frantically” called President Donald Trump trying to head off any initiative that could result in a meeting between the U.S. leader and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif. In 2016, Indyk claimed that during the funeral for Israel’s slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, Netanyahu had expressed to him disappointment at the assassination, lamenting that the murder would turn Rabin into a national hero. “I remember Netanyahu saying to me: ‘Look, look at this. He’s a hero now, but if he had not been assassinated, I would have beaten him in the elections, and then he would have gone into history as a failed politician,” Indyk recalled in an interview to PBS. Netanyahu was the opposition leader at the time. His office denied Indyk’s account of the exchange, saying it “never happened.”