TEL AVIV (VINnews) — A controversial exhibition of Prime Minister Netanyahu sitting at the ‘Last Supper’ has raised spectres of political assassination in Israel, just a day after a direct threat was made on the prime minister’s life in a Facebook post.
The subtle message behind the exhibition is that Netanyahu can replace Jesus at the table where the Last Supper was held according to Christian traditions. The implication is that Netanyahu is viewed by his supporters as a messiah who can save Israel from all of its problems, while his detractors view him as a renegade who must meet the same end as Jesus.
The exhibition provoked angry responses from right-wing MKs and ministers. Transport Minister Miri Regev wrote on Twitter that: “On the eve of Tisha B’av there are those who chose to promote more and more hatred and polarization in our nation. There is someone hinting that the fate of the prime minister will be like that of the ‘Last Supper’s diner? It’s only a matter of time before we have an exhibition with a gallows and noose. This is not just incitement, this is a call for action. I call on (Tel Aviv mayor) Ron Chuldai to stop closing his eyes and immediately remove the inciteful exhibition.”
MK Osnat Mark (Likud) tweeted that: “Ron Chuldai will tell you that this is art, freedom of speech. Mandelblit will support him with a well-documented legal opinion. The writing is on the wall and it is written in blood! If the incitement will not cease it will end in murder again!
הגרדיאן מתייחס למיצג המחאה "הסעודה האחרונה", בכיכר רבין בתל אביב https://t.co/9LIpC5NWRN
— ורד לי فيرد لي Vered Lee (@VeredLee1) July 29, 2020