Sara Netanyahu rescued by police after protesters trap her in hair salon

After several hours of being trapped in the salon, the prime minister’s wife was extracted at about 11 p.m. Israel time.

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Israelis protest against the Israeli government’s planned judicial overhaul, in Jerusalem, March 1, 2023. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)

(JNS) Thousands of protesters blocked the entrance to a hair salon that Sara Netanyahu, the prime minister’s wife, was visiting on Wednesday night. Hundreds of security forces were called to the scene to rescue her.

After several hours trapped in the salon, Sara Netanyahu was extracted at about 11 p.m. Israel time.

Israeli Police first blocked the entrance to the salon to prevent protesters from entering, and police mounted on horseback were called to the scene to reinforce the perimeter around the salon. Clashes broke out between the protesters and police who tried to remove them.

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The incident began when protesters identified Sara Netanyahu entering the salon. Thousands marched to the scene. They shouted: “She won’t be allowed to leave the barber shop” and “Shame.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the protesters on Twitter: “The anarchistic activists under the leadership of [Opposition leader Yair] Lapid continue to cross red lines. They are currently harassing and threatening my wife in Tel Aviv. I call on Lapid and the opposition to stop this immediately and condemn this shameful act which is unprecedented.”

 

Netanyahu spoke out against the violent protests roiling the country earlier that evening in a televised address to the nation.

“Freedom of protest is not a license to drag the country into anarchy and chaos. A sovereign state cannot tolerate anarchy,” he said.