Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel artist displays golden statue of Netanyahu in protest

Tel Aviv residents woke up Tuesday to an unusual site — a golden statue of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu displayed prominently in front of City Hall in an act of protest.

Itay Zalait, the artist behind the protest, said he worked on the life-size statue for two months before placing it in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square overnight. He said his goal was to test freedom of expression with a reference to the biblical golden calf, and a dig at what he calls some Israelis' idolatry of Netanyahu.

For half the day, curious onlookers stopped by the statue to snap selfies with some mockingly saluting it. Everyone more or less knew the gleaming Netanyahu depiction on a stand would...