The picture of Tel Aviv's City Hall lit up with Ukraine's blue and yellow that circulated Friday on social media was faked, the municipality's spokesperson said on Sunday morning.
His remark came as Israeli officials are treading carefully so as not to anger Russia.
Scores of demonstrators have gathered in the city and around the world to protest against Russia's unprovoked war against its neighbor.
Other landmarks, including the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Allianz Arena in Munich and the Sarajevo City Hall lit up in the colors of Ukraine's flag to express solidarity.
From Minneapolis to Munich, and Sarajevo to Tel Aviv, Putin (and other autocrats) are seeing the invincibility of freedom and unity on full display all around the globe. Autocracy may win a battle, but democracy will win the war.@EuromaidanPress @Ukraine @Europarl_EN @Russia pic.twitter.com/xnQVLW2la4— asksudhir (@sudhirtheboss) February 26, 2022
The Israeli government has trodden carefully in its diplomatic response to the crisis, voicing support for Ukraine's sovereignty and calling for a peaceful resolution to the conflict but falling short of mentioning Russia specifically.
Israel has, however, offered humanitarian aid to Russia's embattled neighbor.