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Viral Image Of Netanyahu Sending His Son To The Army Is From 2014

Authors

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Ruby leads editorial, operations and initiatives at Newschecker. In her former avatar at New Delhi Television (NDTV), India’s leading national news network, she was a news anchor, supervising producer and senior output editor. Her over a decade-long career encompasses ground-breaking reportage from conflict zones and reporting on terror incidents, election campaigns, and gender issues. Ruby is an Emmy-nominated producer and has handled both local and international assignments, including the coverage of Arab Spring in 2011, the US Presidential elections in 2016, and ground reportage on the Kashmir issue since 2009.

Claim

Photograph of Benjamin Netanyahu sending his son to the army to fight the war against Hamas. The archive link of the post can be seen here.

Viral Image Of Netanyahu Sending His Son To The Army Is From 2014

Fact check

Newschecker conducted a reverse image search on the viral image which led us to several reports from 2014 featuring the same viral image.

A report in The Jerusalem Post, published on December 30, 2014, showing the same image, clarifies that Netanyahu’s son Avner was enlisted in the IDF in December 2014. The caption claims that it showed “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sends off his son to the army.”

A Times of Israel report, published on December 1, 2014, carried the same image. It’s caption reads “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara, seen with their son Avner, at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill on December 01, 2014. (Photo credit: Kobi Gideon/GPO)”. 

The report further detailed on Netnayahu’s son arriving for the induction into the army with his parents. 

Thus, we find that the image showing Netanyahu sending his son to the Army is not recent and is from 2014.

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Result: False

Our Sources
Report published by The Jerusalem Post, dated December 31, 2014
Report published by Times of Israel, dated December 1, 2014


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Authors

Pankaj Menon is a fact-checker based out of Delhi who enjoys ‘digital sleuthing’ and calling out misinformation. He has completed his MA in International Relations from Madras University and has worked with organisations like NDTV, Times Now and Deccan Chronicle online in the past.

Ruby leads editorial, operations and initiatives at Newschecker. In her former avatar at New Delhi Television (NDTV), India’s leading national news network, she was a news anchor, supervising producer and senior output editor. Her over a decade-long career encompasses ground-breaking reportage from conflict zones and reporting on terror incidents, election campaigns, and gender issues. Ruby is an Emmy-nominated producer and has handled both local and international assignments, including the coverage of Arab Spring in 2011, the US Presidential elections in 2016, and ground reportage on the Kashmir issue since 2009.

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