Fact Check: Viral Image of Benjamin Netanyahu’s Son Serving in the IDF Debunked

A viral image circulating on social media, accompanied by a quote suggesting that former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent his son to the battlefront in response to Israel’s declaration of a state of war following a Hamas surprise attack, has been debunked. Through a reverse image search, it has been revealed that the image in question dates back to 2014, discrediting the recent claim.

Reports from 2014 have resurfaced, confirming that the image portrays Avner Netanyahu, the son of the former Prime Minister, enlisting in the IDF. The image was first featured in The Jerusalem Post on December 30, 2014, with a caption that reads, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sends off his son to the army.”

Furthermore, a report from the Times of Israel, published on December 1, 2014, also featured the same image. The caption in the Times of Israel report reads, “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, seen with their son Avner, at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill on December 01, 2014.

In the 2014 report, it was mentioned that Benjamin Netanyahu, while accompanying his son to the army, had said, “We are moved just like every mother and father who watch their son go off to the army. We are full of pride and naturally worry. Everyone knows this, every home in Israel, and we are no different. I told Avner to take care of the state and to take care of himself.”

This fact check clarifies that the viral image, which has garnered significant attention recently, does not depict Benjamin Netanyahu’s son’s current enlistment in the IDF but rather captures a moment from 2014. It’s essential to verify the accuracy of such images and claims to avoid the spread of misinformation and ensure that the public is well-informed.


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