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Harper Sings 'Hey Jude' At State Dinner In Jerusalem (VIDEO)

01/22/2014 10:39 EST | Updated 01/25/2014 04:01 EST

It's fair to say Stephen Harper has received a "rock star" welcome on his first official visit to Israel.

And on Tuesday, he rocked out.

The prime minister took the stage at a state dinner in Jerusalem to perform some Beatles tunes on the keyboard, including "Hey Jude," with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looking on.

And judging by the videos posted online, it seems Harper's musical stylings were warmly received by Netanyahu and his wife, Sara.

The Jerusalem Post described Harper's performance as courageous.

Netanyahu posted a brief clip to his YouTube account.

Harper also dusted off an old classic, "With A Little Help From My Friends."

Harper famously sang that tune in a surprise performance at the National Arts Centre Gala in 2009, back when few Canadians knew the PM loved to rock.

But the prime minister's performances have become pretty common since that first standing ovation a few years ago.

In the 2011 federal election, he sang "Imagine" with YouTube star Maria Aragon, but seemed to struggle with some high notes.

In November, after his big speech to delegates at the Tory convention, Harper sang some Johnny Cash and BTO at Calgary nightclub.

And, at the Jewish National Fund's Negev dinner in December — where he announced his Israel trip — Harper rocked out with other classic rock tunes, including The Rolling Stones’ "Jumpin’ Jack Flash."

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