Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair has hit out at the UK consulate in Jerusalem after it referred to the "Occupied Palestinian territories".
The 28-year-old son of Israel's prime minister, who is something of a firebrand on Twitter, reacted angrily after the consulate shared the news of Prince Charles' visit to Israel and the territories in January, using the same phrase as Clarence House to describe it.
We are delighted to announce that we will receive His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales in the Occupied Palestinian Territories in January 2020!@ClarenceHouse Announcement⬇️https://t.co/FzZASbIOAk pic.twitter.com/c2Soorf1nI— UKinJerusalem🇬🇧 (@UKinJerusalem) December 18, 2019
A furious Mr Netanyahu wrote back: "God willing you guys will be kicked out of Israel soon. Until then, I'm thinking of visiting the occupied lands of Scotland or Wales, which would you recommend?"
God willing you guys will be kicked out of Israel soon. Until then I’m thinking of visiting the occupied lands of Scotland or Wales, which do you recommend?— Yair Netanyahu 🇮🇱 (@YairNetanyahu) December 27, 2019
He later hit out at a journalist, calling him a "fool" for criticising his comments and saying the consulate "pretends to be the embassy to the non-existing country of 'Palestine'."
You fool. It’s on the British consulate in Jerusalem that pretends to be the embassy to the non existing country of “ Palestine”. God willing this “embassy” in Jerusalem will be kicked out soon.— Yair Netanyahu 🇮🇱 (@YairNetanyahu) December 27, 2019
The "Occupied Palestinian Territories" is a widely used term, including by the UK Foreign Office, to describe the West Bank and Gaza.
Britain's embassy to Israel is in Tel Aviv, while the consulate in Jerusalem represents the UK in the city, the West Bank and Gaza.
Last year, Yair Netanyahu was suspended from Facebook for 24 hours over a post in which he said he would "prefer" if "all the Muslims leave the land of Israel".