At a Chanukah menorah lighting for Likud MKs hosted by the prime minister at his Yerushalayim residence, the usually mild-mannered canine bit MK Sharren Haskel and attorney Or Alon, husband of Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely.
Haskel, a trained veterinary nurse, took to the former pound dweller immediately, playing with Kaia until at one point, startled by the growing commotion and crowds at the residence, Kaia bit her hand.
The prime minister, according to witnesses visibly embarrassed, accompanied the young lawmaker to a side room where his on-duty paramedics bandaged her hand.
For her part, Haskel was unperturbed, noting mildly in a tweet, “To those asking about my welfare, as someone who was once a [professional] snake wrangler, a small bite from a dog doesn’t excite me.”
Within five minutes, however, the prime minister’s embarrassment only grew.
Alon, who was unaware of Kaia’s bite only minutes earlier, approached the dog and began to pet her.
“Get away from her, she bites,” Netanyahu managed to utter seconds before Alon, too, felt Kaia’s tension rather sharply on his hand.
He, too, was bandaged by the prime minister’s medical team.
Kaia was adopted by the Netanyahus in July 2015 after the son, Avner, found her at a pound about to be put down.