Watch: Netanyahu takes first-time visitors on tour of Jerusalem

Prime Minister Netanyahu gives Romanian tourists personal tour of Jerusalem's Old City.

David Rosenberg ,

Netanyahu takes Romanian tourists through Old City
Netanyahu takes Romanian tourists through Old City

Two Romanian tourists visiting Israel for the first time got a once-in-a-lifetime tour of the Jewish capital of Jerusalem recently, when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu served as the couple’s tour guide to mark the three-millionth tourist to Israel in 2017.

Last week, Ioana Isac and Mihai Georgescu of Romania visited Israel, putting the Jewish state over the top for three million tourists in 2017 – an all-time record.

To celebrate the landmark figure, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin (Likud) welcomed the couple in the arrival hall in Ben Gurion Airport, and accompanied them to the Tower of David museum in the Old City of Jerusalem, where they were surprised to find that their tour guide was none other than Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

During their vacation, the couple were upgraded to a full hotel suite, at no extra charge, and were given a ride in a limousine, a helicopter tour in the skies of Israel, a unique Dead Sea experience, a sunset tour of the Tel Aviv promenade and a private dinner prepared by Israeli chef Nir Tzuk in his home.

“Welcome to the Tower of David,” said Levin as he was about to introduce the guest tour guide. “I must tell you the truth, we have a problem. Our guide didn’t come. So we rapidly found another guide that specially came here to guide you here.”

As Netanyahu strode towards the couple, the two couldn’t help but express shock, even after the surprising state reception they had received from their arrival at the airport.

“Oh my God!” exclaimed Isac, while Georgescu repeated “I don’t believe it, I don’t believe,” at the sight of Israel’s head of government.

Prime Minister Netanyahu led the couple on a tour of the Old City of Jerusalem, showing them the Temple Mount, the City of David, and introducing them to the popular Middle Eastern condiment known by the Arabic name Zaatar.