Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu caused quite a commotion at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York on Saturday night when he attended the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” along with other, surprised, show-goers.
According to witnesses, heavy security accompanied the Israeli leader who was both applauded and jeered by the crowd at the theater.
Two women, who allegedly tried to shove their way through his security detail, were escorted out of the venue shouting “Free Palestine,” one musical-goer said on Twitter.
Another complained of the security presence, tweeting: “It’s hard enough getting to see Hamilton on a Saturday night: Netanyahu just in front added airport security.”
At Hamilton with Netanyahu attending. Two women leave the theater screaming, "Free Palestine!" as they shove their way through the security.
— Melanie Colton (@melanie_colton) September 25, 2016
It's hard enough getting to see Hamilton on a Saturday night: Netanyahu just in front added airport security pic.twitter.com/oW343anIW9
— Greg Callus (@Greg_Callus) September 25, 2016
One person who was there told Page Six news that the show started a little later than scheduled because “the heightened security slowed down seating, but he still entered and sat down before the lights went down, so everyone was focused on him.”
“There was a lot of applause when he walked in, but definitely a few loud boos,” said the unnamed show-goer, who added that there were also “airport-style body scanners.”
— Mark Young (@MarkYoungTruth) September 26, 2016
A journalist with the Wall Street Journal said Netanyahu was “in the house” with some Secret Service personnel, “TSA and some guys who very much look like Mossad.”
At what must be the safest #Hamilton since Obama. Netanyahu in the house, plus Sec Service, TSA and some guys who very much look like Mossad
— Liz Hoffman (@lizrhoffman) September 25, 2016
Others announced Netanyahu’s presence in the theater with bad jokes.
Benjamin Netanyahu (prime minister of Israel) is seeing @HamiltonMusical tonight so my dad said they have to take "ham" out of Hamilton LOL
— Caroline Hecker (@WHATheHECKer) September 25, 2016
Hamilton is a Pulitzer-winning US musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Netanyahu wrapped up his US trip on Sunday after meeting with rival presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in separate New York hotels. The meetings came a day ahead of the scheduled debate Monday night.
Last week, Netanyahu met with President Barack Obama on Wednesday, gave his annual address to the UN General Assembly on Thursday and sat down with US Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday.