The Shin Bet’s long arm reaches far. Last month it scuttled British rocker Cliff
Richard’s desire to dedicate a song to Sara Netanyahu at his Tel Aviv
It emerged this week that Richard had asked to dedicate his hit
song “Living Doll,” the first song of the Nokia Arena concert, to the wife of
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
However, the Shin Bet (Israel Security
Agency) denied the request, not because of objection to the lyrics – “Got myself
a crying, talking, sleeping, walking, living doll” – but because it did not want
to tip off the audience to the Netanyahu couple’s presence at the concert. This
was Richard’s first performance in Israel in some 25 years.
his wife hosted the 72-year-old musician for dinner at their Jerusalem residence
four nights before the show. The British rock legend apparently enjoyed himself,
writing a note to Netanyahu that it was the “icing on the cake of our
“You charmed us, you fed us and you and your delightful wife were
perfect hosts,” Richard wrote in the handwritten note, before asking the prime
minister to “give Sara a huge hug on my behalf.”