Israel’s first canine has bitten two guests at the prime minister’s Chanukah candle-lighting ceremony.

Benjamin Netanyahu posted a family portrait – including his wife, two sons and dog Kaiya – on Facebook. “Last night our whole family lit the fifth Chanukah candle before we were sadly forced to send Kaiya to quarantine, as required by law,” he wrote.

Kaiya sank her teeth into parliamentarian Sharren Haskel and the husband of deputy foreign minister Tzipi Hotovely. Neither was seriously hurt. Ms Heskel laughed off the incident, tweeting: “As someone who was once a snake wrangler, a small bite from a dog doesn’t excite me.”

Bibi with his wife and children, with his dog. Kaiya

Bibi with his wife and children, with his dog. Kaiya