As the University of Haifa news release says, this find is not the first Aegean-style painting found in Middle Bronze Age (2000 – 1550 BCE) remains at Tel Kabri. Archaeologists discovered Aegean like painted floor fragments some time ago. And the Northern Levant has likely yielded Aegean style fresco fragments from Alalakh (VII) for example. However, some do dispute the exact identification and chronology of the Alalakh fragments See the reference below. The blue background fresco does seem to be a first from Israel and perhaps from the whole of the Levant
I found this observation abnormally interesting if not just a little abnormal.
“It was, without doubt, a conscious decision made by the city’s rulers who wished to associate with Mediterranean culture and not adopt Syrian and Mesopotamian styles of art like other cities in Canaan did. The Canaanites were living in the Levant and wanted to feel European,” explains Dr. Assaf Yasur-Landau of the University of Haifa, who directed the excavations.
Hear is a case where Rainey’s definition of archaeology may really apply. One could have a field day with this but right now I’m too lazy to get into it beyond asking, “Is Yasur-Landau talking about material culture or ethnic culture? Both? Something else?” and “Were the folks who lived or ruled Middle Bronze Age Tel Kabri really Canaanites in any of the several meanings of the word?”
Here’s a picture of the Tel Kabri fresco fragment(s).