Outrage Over Bibi Netanyahu’s Son Dating a Non-Jew


yair-netanyahu23-year-old Yair Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister’s eldest son, is dating 25-year-old Sandra Leikanger, a Norwegian communications major he met while the two were studying at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Herzliya, Israel.

The L.A. Jewish Journal reports that the two have been together since at least the first week of July 2013.

The Israeli media is reporting that Leikanger’s older sister, Ida, lives in Israel and has converted to Judaism. The two girls reportedly grew up in an Evangelical family in the quaint Norwegian port town of Grimstad.

Religious and right-wing members of the Knesset, and Jews around the world, are up in arms over Yair dating a non-Jew.

MK Nissim Ze’ev of the Shas party told the Jerusalem Post, “It’s a big problem. As the prime minister of Israel and the Jewish people, [Netanyahu] must display national responsibility via the values he presents inside his own household. I bet it pains him. Any Jew who wants to maintain his roots wants to see his son marry a Jewish girl. There is no shortage of…successful girls without sowing in the fields of others.”

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. I simply do not understand. Natanyuahu never claimed to be frum or interested in judism. What control does any frum person in the U.S. or Eretz Yisroel have over their children that go off the derech? Do these children listen at all. So why do you now expect that Netanyahu’s son, who saw no yiddishkeit at all in his house, why should these kids listen. In what way is this non-jew goyta any different to this kid than a jew (l’havdil)?

    Its a big to do about nothing. We cannot control our own, but we want to control others/

  2. It’s very sad. Of course it pains his father. Let’s daven that he has a change of heart & stays with his roots!
    Pressure & force never work; it only backfires. Maybe some influential kiruv personalities can get on his case!

  3. Intermarriage is a terrible tragedy for Klal Yisroel! It is a Holocaust greater than what the Germans Y”M did! More Yidden were lost thru intermarriage than all the persecutions since Galus started. How can we stop this trend? Perhaps the Kiruv Organizations can address this growing problem.

  4. To response Number 1-highly inappropriate.
    Whatever the case, speaking ill of him surely won’t help keep him from marrying a non Jew and likely will drive him further away

  5. I believe it’s Bibi’s youngest son. He has a daughter who is frum and lives in Bayit Vegan and he has another son who is shomer shabbos as well. I don’t think the Netanyahus are very happy about this relationship, but like the previous comment, they don’t have much say in the matter. It is very sad….

  6. #4 hit the nail on the head.
    I am not a fan of all of his policies, but it is a tribute to Netanyahu that of his three children, one is chareidi (she lives in Bayit Vagan with her husband and children)and another is shomer Shabbos.

    I have no doubt that he is pained and embarrassed over his son Yair’s decision to date a non-Jewish girl.

  7. Why is this not lashon Hara? This should be removed. #1… really? save those comments for real rashaim not a tinok shenishba.

  8. Nothing we can do but daven appropriately, respectfully urge Bibi to seek advice from gedolim such as Rav Shteinman ,and praise him for keeping Shabbat in Switzerland. Would urging him to wear a kippah do any good? I wonder.

  9. This is pure Loshon Horah. Why do we need to know this? There are unfortunately plenty of jewish boys who date and/or marry out of faith and this one isn’t any better or worse. Disgusting that Matzav has stooped to a new low tabloid-like media.

  10. What chinuch did he get from his father ? Its a pitty on him , and on his neshma, but this is the outcome of a none religues upbringing.
    Yes it can happen in frum family’s , if it does , its a big shock , no shock here.
    2. “Prime minister ” and the Jewish people ” he does not represent the Jewish people ! The Israeli gov are Rashuim ! They don’t observe the Thorah !

  11. What do you expect of a government whose sole purpose is to remove Hashems presence from the Jewish people rachmana Litzlan?!!
    The outrage should be over the the Israeli government, this story is to be expected.
    [I know this is out dated and radical, so is genuine Judisum, who says out dated and radical is no good?!]

  12. I don’t understand: whats the big deal:
    His fathers second wife was also a Shikse:
    What I don’t understand is why you have to post these non important news items:

  13. why do all get so upset when someone who is already hayav mita and a coffer be-ikar chooses to walk in the ways of his forefathers.isn`t it more that the people love to see the rashayim as yeladey shenishbo to let themselves a free road open to apicorsut ? being jewish is nowadays about nationality and not about religious laws. let her emigrate to the israeli state and do zawa and she will get instand conversion even if she isn`t shomer Torah we-mitzwot. people marry lehatchilla shiksen and become apicorsim because the corrupted medinat israel hidden have made out of Torah judaism a corrupted joke. am yisroel is digging its own grave and the bad thing is that people like me aren`t doing anything against it but standing by and attending our own funeral

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  15. A tinok sh’nishba is still a tinok sh’nishba even if he carries an Israeli identity card. As such he is not chayav. What we need to do is quit with the loshon hara and leave it to the family. Saying nasty things on Matzav talk-backs isn’t going to help the situation.

  16. This article is such a caricature– the knesset of the medinah acting like the proverbial secular Jewish parents tearing out there hair over their child who is dating a shiksa after they have raised him for 25 years to be Jewish in name only. Plleaaase…this is ridiculous. this article is hardly worthy of printing. Better to print articles that will foster kiruv r’chokim of children such as this, who is b’geder tinuk sh’nishbeh.

  17. Too bad this kid was born Jewish.. he has eyes and face of a TRUE ARYAN and WHITE NATIONALIST… That is complement.