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Israeli PM's dog bites political visitors

At a candle-lighting ceremony, the 10-year-old mixed breed took a snip at two visitors.

Isreali Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a picture on Twitter in August urging dog-lovers to seek out adult canines to adopt. Picture: @netanyahu via Twitter.

JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's recently adopted dog Kaiya has sunk her teeth into her new position, biting two visitors at an event on Wednesday, including the husband of the deputy foreign minister.

At a candle-lighting ceremony to mark the Jewish festival of Hanukkah, the 10-year-old mixed breed also took a snip at a Member of Parliament (MP) from Netanyahu's Likud party.

Knesset Member Sharren Haskel, a veterinary nurse, dismissed the incident, telling Army Radio it was "trivial".

Netanyahu's son took the dog in from a rescue home earlier this year. The prime minister posted a picture on Twitter in August urging dog-lovers to seek out adult canines to adopt.

How much light Kaiya brought into our home! If you want a canine, find an adult dog to rescue. You won't regret it! pic.twitter.com/tCI2Asw2R8

Kaiya has met several dignitaries, including US Secretary of State John Kerry.

Kerry is believed to have escaped unharmed.