Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara, got her hair done at the prime minister's official residence in Jerusalem last week, thus violating her husband's government lockdown restrictions, Yedioth Ahronoth reported on Wednesday.
The Israeli daily reported that Netanyahu's hair stylist came to her home at least once, and he was paid with taxpayers' money. Netanyahu responded to the report by claiming that she thought she was allowed to get a haircut, since she was filming an informational video about the importance of wearing masks.
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Israel's coronavirus lockdown regulations bar movement further than a kilometer (0.6 miles) away from one's home, except for essential needs that do not include cosmetic treatments and visits to beauty parlors, as well as prohibit visiting other people's homes. As Sara Netanyahu has no official status, she is not entitled to exceptions regarding such services, unlike her husband.
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Officials responding on her behalf said that Netanyahu had thought she could get a haircut because she was filmed for an explanatory video about wearing masks ahead of the Sukkot holiday. "Since she is an influential public figure and this is an informational video meant for the public, she assumed that hairdressing services can be used, as is customary when appearing on television. Mrs. Netanyahu and the hairdresser wore masks and gloves while they were together and she even asked the hairdresser to avoid conversation."
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Sara Netanyahu is latest in a string of public figures who have violated lockdown restrictions, including Minister Gila Gamliel, Yamina chairman Naftali Bennett and Shin Bet chief Nadav Argaman.
On Monday, it was reported that Gamliel had tested after visiting a synagogue on Yom kippur 150 kilometers (93 miles) from her Tel Aviv home and tried to cover it up.
Argaman hosted family members at his home over the Sukkot holiday, in violation of Israel's lockdown orders, Kan Bet public radio reported on Tuesday. Argaman's daughter, who is said to have visited him on Saturday, doesn't live with him. The Shin Bet said in response the organization wouldn't discuss Argaman's private life.
Bennett hosted his son's 15-year-old girlfriend at their home on Yom Kippur, violating lockdown measures that prohibits home visits. Bennett said he talked to his son about the importance of keeping the guidelines and adedd he regrets what had happened.
In April, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu violated Health Ministry directives by attending a meal with his family when he was still supposed to be in quarantine.