Israelis search for Shlomit Malka, Americans google Gal Gadot

Search trends for 2017 reveal interesting patterns in Israel and the world.

December 13, 2017 14:14
2 minute read.
Actress Gal Gadot poses during a photocall to promote the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice"

Actress Gal Gadot poses during a photocall to promote the movie "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" in Mexico City, Mexico, March 19, 2016.. (photo credit: REUTERS/HENRY ROMERO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

What are people around the world looking up on the Internet? Let me google that for you.

Google published its search trends both globally and broken down by country on Wednesday, and the rankings may surprise you.
Rosh Ha’ayin native Gal Gadot was the No. 6 most searched person in the world of the year, and the No. 3 most searched actor. In the US, she was the No. 10 most searched person and the No. 3 most searched actor.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

And while Google didn’t publish a list of top people searched for in Israel, when it came to news searches, Gadot didn’t crack the top 10. The most searched-for news story in Israel in 2017 was instead Amir Fryszer Guttman.

Guttman, a singer formerly in the band Hi-Five, tragically drowned in July at age 41 while saving the life of his young niece who had been pulled out to sea. The second and third top news searches in Israel this year were also about celebrity accidents, but with happier endings: model Shlomit Malka, who was hospitalized in August after a scooter accident, and actress Lucy Dubinchik, who faces a long recovery after surviving a fall from the fourth floor of a building in August.


Guttman was in fact the No. 1 search overall in Israel in 2017, followed by Stats Royale, an app that helps you to excel at the smartphone game Clash Royale; Ten Fingers, a math game app; and then Tudo Boom and Zahav, two songs from pop duo Static and Ben-El.

While Israelis might not be googling Gadot that much, they are into Wonder Woman, her smash hit film that came out this summer. Within Israel, it was the No. 2 most searched-for movie after The Fast and the Furious 8.

Justice League
, which also starred Gadot, came in at No. 8, while the controversial Shmuel Maoz film Foxtrot came in at tenth place.

In the US, Wonder Woman was the third most searched-for film after It and Beauty and the Beast, with Justice League at No. 5. Globally, Wonder Woman came in second place for film searches after It. Justice League came in fifth.

When it comes to top searched-for TV shows in Israel, the No. 1 slot went to The Voice, followed by Survivor, Power Couple and then Married at First Sight. Internationally, people were searching for Stranger Things and 13 Reasons Why, while in the US it was 13 Reasons Why followed by Game of Thrones. 'Justice League' Wonder Woman clip. (YouTube/JoBlo Movie Trailers)

Of the top 10 searches for people globally, three were for men accused of sexual harassment or assault: Matt Lauer (No. 1), Harvey Weinstein (No. 4) and Kevin Spacey (No. 5). Meghan Markle, the actress who became engaged to Prince Harry last month, was the No. 2 most searched person both globally and in the US.

Both worldwide and in the United States, the most searched-for term overall was Hurricane Irma, the September storm that ravaged Cuba, Puerto Rico and Florida.

But what do Israelis have in common with both Americans and the globe? The No. 1 “how to” search for 2017 by all three metrics was “how to make slime.”

Related Content

March against surrogacy law on Ayalon Highway, Tel Aviv, July 22, 2018.
July 22, 2018
Hundreds demonstrate for LGBT rights in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Haifa