Israel’s PM calls art exhibit mocking him a ‘shameful threat of crucifixion’ | World News

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Israel’s prime minister has hit out at an art exhibition of him in Tel Aviv, branding it a “shameful threat of crucifixion”.

It features a life-size statue of Benjamin Netanyahu enjoying a lavish meal by himself in a mock re-enactment of The Last Supper.

Artist Itay Zalait said the exhibit in the city’s Rabin Square was meant to symbolise the “last supper of Israeli democracy”.

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The 32ft long table is filled with platters of juicy fruit, wads of cash, empty bottles of alcohol and a cigar – a reference to the expensive gifts Mr Netanyahu is accused of improperly accepting from wealthy associates.

The PM, who appears pudgy and dishevelled in a dark suit and red tie, is seen eating a large cake.

The figure of Mr Netanyahu is alone amid 12 empty chairs.

Mr Zalait said of his installation: “You have the prime minister of Israel sitting in the centre of the table and grabbing and sucking all this rich food to himself.

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“Now he’s practically finished this meal and he’s now at the stage of the dessert, which is referring to the last minutes of time we can do something to save Israeli democracy.”

Thousands of people have taken to the streets in recent weeks calling on Mr Netanyahu to resign.

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - APRIL 19: Israelis light flash lights as they protest at a rally in Rabin Square on April 19, 2020 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Thousands of Israelis gather at an Anti-Corruption rally under coronavirus restrictions, decrying proposed unity government talks between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz.  (Photo by Amir Levy/Getty Images)

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He is under pressure over his handling of the country’s coronavirus outbreak and the subsequent economic fallout, as well as his ongoing trial on corruption charges.

Mr Netanyahu denies the charges against him.

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