Yair Netanyahu and the Push for Christianity in Europe

A Jew promoting Christianity as a cure to the world’s ills? Believe it.

Yair Netanyahu says he hopes Europe will again soon become Christian.
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Yair Netanyahu, the eldest son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was back in the news on Friday after a German politician enthusiastically repeated his desire to see Europe again become “free, democratic and Christian!”

In fact, it was Israel Today’s German-language website, Israel Heute, that was cited by Joachim Kuhs, a German member of the European Parliament, who sought to make Yair a kind of poster boy for his right-wing Alternative for Germany party.

A Jew pushing Christianity?

The junior Netanyahu made his call for freedom and Christianity late last month. He was upset over European Union support for a Memorial Day event that many feel effectively equates Israeli military operations with Palestinian terrorism.

“Shame on you for financing a disgrace in the holiest day of the Israeli calendar! We have one day in a year to remember our fallen soldiers! And you destroy it with a ‘memorial’ to Palestinian terrorists!” tweeted Yair in reference to the annual ceremony conducted by Combatants for Peace.

He went on to call the EU an enemy not only to Israel, but to all Christians.

European Union representatives in Israel had earlier announced their participation in the contentious Memorial Day event, which this year took place online due to the coronavirus restrictions. However, they later stressed that there was no EU funding of the ceremony.

The Combatants for Peace event is joined every year by both left-wing Israeli Jews and Palestinian Arabs who have lost loved ones in the ongoing conflict. It is a source of annual controversy, as most Israelis find it distasteful to memorialize Palestinians who died while trying to murder Jews alongside Israeli soldiers who fell in battle.

Last year, Prime Minister Netanyahu attempted to disrupt the event by denying entry permits to the Palestinian Arab participants, but the Israel Supreme Court blocked him.

 

Not the first time

This was not the first time that Yair Netanyahu has made positive public remarks regarding Christianity, and even Jesus.

Late last year, Israel Today reported that Yair had taken to Twitter to fervently defend Jesus’ Jewishness.

During what appeared to be a rather long Twitter discussion on Jesus’ ethnicity, Linda Sarsour, who has made a name for herself promoting an Islamist agenda in American politics, insisted that “Jesus was Palestinian of Nazareth and is described in the Quran as being brown copper skinned with wooly hair.”

It was similar to the ludicrous pronouncements of Palestinian Authority leaders every Christmas that Jesus was the “first Palestinian freedom fighter,” the term they use to describe what the rest of us call “terrorists.” 

Yair Netanyahu was having none of it.

“Are you that stupid?” he asked Sarsour, explaining to her that “on the cross above Jesus’ head was the sign ‘INRI’- ‘Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm’, which means in Latin- Jesus of Nazareth king of the Jews!”

Even more interesting in regards to the young Netanyahu’s post is that he informed Sarsour that we know these things because they are recorded in “the Bible.” Jews don’t typically consider the New Testament to be part of the Bible.

But, according to Yair, “The Bible says that Jesus was born and raised in Judea!” (emphasis mine)

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