Raanan Shaked, a columnist whose mother had to observe Passover solo, bitterly twisted the concept of the country’s social hierarchy on the front page of Sunday’s Yediot Ahronot newspaper.
“We’ve been disciplined. Obedient. We’ve believed what we’ve been told,” he wrote. “My mother is now part of Second Israel. Just like all of us. Except, of course, for First Israel. Namely, the people who have assumed the role of issuing guidelines, orders and ordinances that oblige all of Second Israel, but which they never dream of applying to themselves.”
The uproar came as Israel sealed off large swaths of its capital city on Sunday, with the restrictions primarily affecting densely populated ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods of Jerusalem where the contagion has been spreading most rapidly.
Compounding the fury over the leaders’ Passover activities, news media reported that their visitors first underwent precautionary coronavirus tests, which are in short supply.
Mr. Netanyahu, 70, appeared in a prerecorded video clip with his younger son, Avner, 25, discussing the Passover story for a televised Seder that aired on Wednesday night. Mr. Netanyahu was quarantined until Wednesday after his health minister, Yaakov Litzman, contracted the coronavirus.
Officials refused to say exactly when the clip was filmed.
Israelis were ordered not to invite anyone outside their households, even immediate family, to their Seder tables, and they spent the night under curfew. Representatives of the Netanyahu family said Avner and his girlfriend were staying in an apartment “adjacent” to the residence, within the security cordon.
Mr. Rivlin, 80, who was widowed last year, apologized after hosting his daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren.