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Satire of Netanyahu’s son rebuked

JERUSALEM, Dec. 23 (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, have long been a source of material for Israeli satirists, but when their 5-year-old son, Yair, was the subject of a comedy sketch, the Prime Minister’s Office cried foul. “It’s legitimate to criticize the prime minister and his policies, but attacking a 5-year-old boy is crossing a human and moral line which must not be crossed,” Netanyahu’s media adviser, Shai Bazak, said this week in a statement. Bazak’s remarks came after Israel Television’s weekly satire show “The Cameri Quintet” featured a skit in which Yair pleads with the bodyguard assigned to watch over him to beat up one of his kindergarten classmates, who had bothered him.