Netanyahu’s Family Will Finally Lose State Security Details

The family of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will bid farewell to the state security detachment that has provided protection to the Netanyahu family for more than 12 years in December.
The Netanyahu family was guaranteed six months of security, instead of the typical two years for outgoing heads of state, following a recommendation from the Shin Bet security service to shorten security.

According to the Israeli public broadcaster KAN, the request to extend the security detail provided to then-Prime Minister Sara’s wife and their children Yair and Avner for two years from the end of Netanyahu’s term was made in December 2020. The request was rejected in favor of a six-month breakdown.

Netanyahu himself will retain his personal security equipment, which includes bodyguards and a private armored vehicle, for a further 20 years, in accordance with Israeli law. Security used to last five years (seven years when traveling abroad) after the prime minister’s tenure, though it was extended in 2018 to provide additional security for Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, the other two surviving former prime ministers, amid threats from Iran. .

Netanyahu’s sons Avner and Yair were notably the first sons of any Israeli prime minister to have state-funded personal bodyguards during their father’s tenure. His daughter, Noa Netanyahu-Roth, reportedly did not have the same level of security.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara Netanyahu at the polls for the 2021 elections (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM / THE JERUSALEM POST)

Netanyahu, as well as his wife Sara, have faced several controversies about the misappropriation of state funds during his reign: the former head of state has been investigated since January 2017 for crimes of fraud, bribery and breach of trust, being accused of Prosecutors allegedly soliciting improper benefits from employers, as well as allegedly colluding with Yediot Ahronot newspaper group editor Arnon Mozes to secure more favorable press coverage in exchange for legislation that would weaken Yediot’s main competitor, Israel Hayom . The cases have been brought to trial and are ongoing.

Netanyahu, 72, ended his second term as prime minister in June when Naftali Bennett formed a coalition government headed by now-Foreign Minister Yair Lapid. Netanyahu, who also served as prime minister from 1996 to 1999, is the longest serving prime minister in Israel’s history.

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