Netanyahu Facebook page 370.
(photo credit: Facebook)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu maintained his title as the most popular
Israeli politician on Facebook, garnering over 300,000 “likes” on the social
In addition, over 1.8 million people viewed the prime
minister’s Facebook timeline in the last month, 1.5 million of whom are
“Netanyahu believes in an unmediated connection with the
citizens of Israel, and continues to invite everyone to join, to influence and
inspire public discourse on social media,” Likud spokeswoman Noga Katz
Netanyahu is still far ahead of the political competition on the
social networking site, where Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is in second
place for the most fans with 75,401 likes – a sharp increase since April, when
he had 12,682. Yesh Atid founder Yair Lapid is in third place with 62,009,
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon (Yisrael Beytenu) has 38,313 and Labor
leader Shelly Yechimovich has 29,861. Meretz MK Nitzan Horowitz has 21,601 while
Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz has 4,708.
Earlier this year, when Netanyahu
reached 200,000 likes, Yechimovich slammed Netanyahu for inflating his numbers
and pointed out that most of his fans are from abroad.
This time, Katz
preempted the possible attacks by highlighting the number of Israeli fans
various politicians have. Like in April, less than half – 144,000 – of
Netanyahu’s fans are Israeli.
His other likes come from the US (104,067),
Indonesia (6,353), Canada (2,683), Mexico, Colombia, the UK, France, Brazil,
Tunisia and Germany.
The vast majority of other politicians’ fans are
Yechimovich has 26,860 Israeli likes and Lapid has 55,380,
according to the Likud. A Yisrael Beytenu spokesman said that 75 percent of the
foreign minister’s fans are Israeli.
Yisrael Beytenu is the most popular
political party on Facebook, with a total of 16,131 likes on its five official
pages in Hebrew, English, Russian, Arabic and French.
Likud has 15,367
fans, Meretz has 11,137, Labor has 3,814 and Kadima has 7,521.
that Israelis require a high level of accountability, engagement and
transparency from their politicians and political parties,” Yisrael Beytenu
deputy director of communications Ashley Perry said.
“Yisrael Beytenu is
working hard to make sure we meet all of these requirements, especially with our
Our successes in this area clearly demonstrate that our
policies are striking a chord with the Israeli public, and we will continue to
inform and make our case while continuing to serve the people of Israel.”