Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s motorcade arrived in the coastal town of Bat Yam just south of Tel Aviv in the unseasonably hot afternoon hours of March 10. Netanyahu bounded out of the car surrounded by bodyguards, engaging passersby in conversation. Children asked for selfies with him, and a bride and groom on the way to their nuptials were treated to an unusual photo-op with for their wedding album.
“Back to life, back to weddings,” beamed Netanyahu, clapping hands to congratulate the couple. The event was documented and posted on social media in real time, as was his entire walk along the promenade of the town considered a bastion of Likud support.