The Israeli news reports on Yair Netanyahu’s relationship note that Benjamin Netanyahu’s own second wife, Fleur Cates, converted to Judaism.
(A 1996 Vanity Fair article reported that Cates’ father was Jewish.) What the reports I have seen fail to note, however, is that Netanyahu’s son is not the first child of an Israeli leader to be romantically involved with a non-Jew.
Suppose the following situation, which commonly arises.
A Jewish guy starts dating a non-Jewish girl, and they both fall in love.
Indeed, David Ben-Gurion’s own son, Amos, married a woman who converted for him.
(Granted, Amos met his future wife a few years before the State of Israel was established, so his father was not yet prime minister.) And Amos’ son, Alon Ben-Gurion, also married a non-Jewish woman, who reportedly did not convert to Judaism.
Netanyahu reportedly chatted with Norway’s prime minister about his son’s relationship at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos.
“It’s a big problem,” Shas Knesset member Nissim Ze’ev told The Jerusalem Post.
“As the prime minister of Israel and the Jewish people, he must display national responsibility via the values he presents inside his own household. Any Jew who wants to maintain his roots wants to see his son marry a Jewish girl.