She made all of Europe dance with her song “Toy”, squawking like a chicken to the Mizrahi beat. And it seems that Eurovision winner Netta Barzilai can count Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu among her many admirers.

From the moment Netta won Eurovision on Saturday evening, the country’s esteemed leader has been singing her praises, saying that she gave Israel even more to celebrate. Her victory coincided with Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the reunification of Jerusalem and Israeli control of the Old City following the Six Day War.

On Sunday morning, the 68-year-old politician paused while en route to a Cabinet meeting to perform Netta’s chicken dance.

Wearing his signature dark blue suit with light blue tie, the former combat soldier pushed his elbows back and attempted to flap like a chicken.

He later uploaded the video footage to his official Twitter page.

On Wednesday the Prime Minister and his wife Sara welcomed Netta and her parents to their official residence.

According to the Times of Israel, he greeted the singer with “Kapara alayich,” which is the same colloquial phrase she used to greet her fans after each performance. It means “sweetie”.

A video of their meeting shows the Prime Minister once again performing the chicken dance, this time with Netta’s dad.

Netta did not show up empty handed. The 25-year-old gifted her hosts with lollipops shaped like chickens.

Netanyahu has been very direct about his desire to host Eurovision 2019 in Jerusalem, a decision that

Speaking to his cabinet on Sunday, he said:

“These days, Jerusalem is blessed with many gifts. We received another one yesterday evening, with Netta’s suspenseful and shining victory. The gift was that Eurovision will be coming to Jerusalem next year, and we are proud to be hosting it.”

The Times of Israel reports that later in the day, during a meeting at the Foreign Ministry, he re-iterated his position.

“Those who didn’t want Jerusalem in the Eurovision now get Eurovision in Jerusalem,” he said.

Are you loving Netanyahu’s support of Netta? How is your chicken dance? Let us know in the comments box below. 

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Deidili
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Lovely article, just wanted to let you know that that isn’t Netta’s dad, that’s Yoav Tzafir. Among his many roles, he’s also the director of the Israeli eurovision selection. And also, “kapara alayich” doesn’t really mean “sweetie”, it’s some sort of a slang-related display of affection.
A big fan of wiwibloggs and keep up the good work

Lolz
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#TeamPalestine
All the people who are hating on Palestine withoutbreason are just close-minded Islamophobes. I’m from Poland, so an islamophobic country but just talking s*it about Palestine won’t help the cause. I support the idea to invite the Palestine broadcoaster to ESC. Maybe peace and agreement will be the solution to it all, and ESC in Jerusalem would be awesome. Free Palestine!

Marcus
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You’re an Israeliophobe. Yeah. That’s how you sound. #TeamDemocracy

Miguel
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El problema no es Israel, ni todos los hebreos piensan igual que los fascista y ultraderechostas que pretenden defende israel aqui, el problema es la instrumentalizacion de netanyahu con eurovision en jerusalem…… nada mas. Y el respeto a la legalidad internacional, que va trum se la salta, el gobierno de Israel (no su pueblo) mata 50 nilos enfermeros manifestantes y netqnyahu quiere darle a eurovision el mismo uso que a la embajada americana. Esto no lo decide el ministro en el segundo 1, en teoria la orgqnizacion tiene otro proceso y es la tv 1uien orgqniza……….. ebu/uer no deben ser… Read more »
BEFAN
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Lolz, it’s difficult to hate or invite to ESC something that does not exist… #TeamReality

LLila
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Polish are the most antisemetic pepole who help the Nazi murderd jews so im not shock by your opinion.
Free Israel from palestinians terrorists.

Lolz
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Free Palestine from Israeli nationalists. Palestine is in a bad situation, the women and children are killed just because of believing in Allah. Palestines are proud people with history since the times of Jesus

BEFAN
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WRONG Lolz – learn (below) – PALESTINIANS are a POLITICAL INVENTION !! SO NO HISTORY AT ALL !!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jbf2LjF8OPw

YES – Women and children are killed in Syria (even by GAS), Irak, Turkey (the Kurds & Armenians)!!.NOT in Israel!! In Israel ONLY TERRORISTS are killed !! (the trouble makers !!) – VERY GOOD FOR WORLD PEACE.

See below also: PALESTINIANS is A FICTION – NEVER EXISTED – 2 educational videos!

Nitzili
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no one’s being killed in israel, or gaza for that metter, because of religion. we couldn’t care less about their religion. israeli army would only kill people who are a direct threat to people in israel and who have actual weapons they intend to use. these people are often islamic extremists. unfortionatelly, there are too many islamic extremists who wish to kill everyone who is different than them and israel has to defend itself. and don’t start talking about innocent civilians being killed because that’s only happan outside of israel, in gaza, and these civilians are being used as a… Read more »
Miguel
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Solo lo hablan fuera de israel porque tu gobierno te lo oculta, tus medios de comunicacion son los unicos que tienen una vision contraria a toda la prensa internacional unanimemente

Paschal
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Netanyahu is hardly “esteemed”, William. If people are expected not to be upset at Israel winning because of political issues, Israelis, particularly the prime minister, would be advised not to politicise it themselves.

BEFAN
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Especially for Miguel: Chapter 2

PALESTINIANS is A FICTION !! NEVER EXISTED !! Chapter 2

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re3L97sWY-A

BEFAN
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Especially for Miguel:

PALESTINIANS is A FICTION !! NEVER EXISTED !! Chapter 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVAR6BvYkW0

Rie
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Yaaay palestinians are gonna have the best thanksgiving this year, they should prepare bigger plates

BEFAN
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MESSAGE TO MIGUEL (y aprende algo querido): The “land” you are talking about is L-I-B-E-R-A-T-E-D !!!! Palestinians NEVER existed !! (This is a FICTION used for Political purposes)These are squatters that came from Jordan, Syria, Irak, Lebanon, Turkey during the Ottoman empire , squatting a land that now are claiming their own? Ludicrous !! They are sitting on the L-I-B-E-R-T-E-D land (that only International MORONS call it “occupied territories”) which are on…. the hills of JUDEAH (only by the name one understands it’s the Biblical LAND of JUDAISM !!!) that anyhow – were LIBERATED from JORDAN !! (not Palestine –… Read more »
LILIA
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BEFAN
Well said as always

Miguel
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Consultalo con tu terapeuta

BEFAN
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Que quadro eres Miguel….Tan ridiculo como Aless Gibaja! ha ha…. Estudia (y mucho) antes de decir tonterias !! Y hablando de teritorios – quando devolved Ceuta y Melilla a Maruecos?.. Quando?… 🙂

Miguel
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How about a new illegal settlement somewhere right outside Jerusalem? I mean, if Azerbaijan was able to build a whole new arena in one year, I’m sure Israelis can easily bulldoze some olive trees and Palestinian homes to build a massive sports arena colony somewhere in Palestine

Marcelo
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I don’t think Israel will be that dumb to do that.

JoshUK
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Because Palestine will allow women to sing on stage and they won’t kill gays for sure

BEFAN
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Miguel, and when will Spain return Ceuta and Melilla to Morocco? and YOU DARE to speak about “illegal settlements”??? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha …. 🙂 🙂 🙂 WOW what a sense of humor… Put some makeup on baby – you are “this” close to become a CLOWN (a professional one).. ha ha ha 🙂

Miguel
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Soy catalan y creo en la autodeterminacion de los,pueblos. Pero con esa respuesta por fin reconoceis que ocupais pueblos . Gracias, es mucho mas de lo que he oido hasta ahora

Maya G
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Netta also took part in the recent episode of ‘Eretz Nehederet’ (which is something like the Israeli Saturday Night Live) as part of a big segment dedicated to her victory Which featured the characters of all previous Israeli Winners as well as Eleni Foureira, Rasmussen and Mikolas Josef.
In this video you see some behind the scenes of the ESC segment, including the hilarious encounter between Netta and her comedic counterpart:
https://youtu.be/LqYzIh5ftUA?t=2m28s

Maya G
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LILIA
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It’s so funny, thank you for sharing. I see that Netta is also a good actress.
Netta is just amazing 🙂

Maya G
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She does have great comic timing

Christopher
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Benjamin Netanyahu should be in prison for his war crimes and his corruption but hey how cute he does the chicken dance with Netta! .

Maya G
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As an hardcore leftist Israeli I think he should definitely go to prison for his corruption (I’m sure he will eventually), and that he is a despicable human being with a disastrous political agenda. However he committed no war crime, far from it. Comparing casualties on both sides in order to figure out who’s right is superficial and just ludicrous.

LILIA
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Dear Maya
Israel is a democratic country, Netanyahu is not yet charged, do you know the presumption of innocence? Until a person is not charged he is innocent.

Maya G
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Of course I Know of it Darling Lilia, and I was obviously stating my own opinions (see how I put “I think” at the beginning?) which is also a basic right in a democracy like ours.

LILIA
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Great and Sabbath Shalom to you:)

LILIA
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bla bla bla bla
Another Israel “lover”…
bacabacu Israel not your toy you stupid boy!

Guido
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EBU should invité the Palestinian Broadcasting Company to participate in 2019, peace is the only way forward.

Danny
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You know that they kill gays, right? Who else you want to invite? Maybe some cannibal tribes?

Miguel
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Sanes que en israel se mata a niños y sanitarios de organizaciones humanitarias impunemente? Como un estado terrorista

Miguel
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Sisraelí mata a,gays heterosexuales enfermeros cooperantes niños mujeres…………… es un estado terrorista

Obama
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Lol
Palestine cannot participate in Eurovision because they discriminate religions, kill gays and don’t allow women to sing

Pollaski
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I’m gonna bet Netta and Bibi probably aren’t all that eye to eye politically, so its nice to see there’s SOME countries that haven’t completely politicized a chance to get congratulated by your head of state for accomplishing something.

Danny
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I will tell you more than that. Bibi really tried to prevent the establishment of the IPBA because he felt they are not enough under his control, now he invites the IPBA heads for dinner because they won Eurovision.

Pollaski
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Of course. Obama’s a White Sox fan. White Sox fans loathe the Cubs, yet when they won, he had them over.

As it should be. You win something big,, you get to meet the big guy.

Jonas
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Reuven Rivlin is the head of state of Israel.

lilh
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Ugh the israelis are already here. Downvoting anyone that doesnt kiss their countrys ass. Next.

JoshuaUK
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So actually it was a terrorist attack by the palestinians. I’ve been supporting the palestinian cause and I feel like I’m a terrorist now lol

https://edition-m.cnn.com/2018/05/16/middleeast/hamas-members-gaza-deaths/index.html

http://www.lefigaro.fr/flash-actu/2018/05/16/97001-20180516FILWWW00263-gaza-50-palestiniens-tues-appartenaient-au-hamas.php

Katie
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OMG
Shocked

FanEurovision
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Not shocked at all. Actually Eurovision should be held in Palestine because palestinians will allow women to sing on stage and they won’t kill gays :)))))))))))

Miguel
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Desde luego no en israe #boicotisrael

Pollaski
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Wait, hang on here a second.

The organization that has the destruction of the other state written into their freaking constitution turned out to be the bad guy?

I gotta sit down to process this.

lohs
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angels…king an queen <3 xd

Boycott Jerusalem 2019
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Boycott Jerusalem 2019

He always looks so serious. Glad to see there is a fun/human side to him.

please
Guest

So much cringe

Joe
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OK, you win this one, Bebe. That was chill. Everything else, screw that, but thanks for this.

Davve
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Netta and Netanyahu are great people!

Marion
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Netanyahu has been accused multiple times of several misconducts and inappropriate behaviour by multiple women, he had to go to court and you think he’s wonderful? That’s some low standards. Guess the orange mess and him must be great pals. If this song or the “singer” had anything to do with #metoo or standing up for women, she wouldn’t be chicken, yes pun intended, and party with him. What a joke! A war criminal who can’t keep his hands to himself. The Icelanders have my full support in their protest! Great respect for Iceland!

Rashi
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lol, that’s one of the funniest lies i’ve ever read on the internet.. Bebe is terrible but he was never even remotely “charged” with inappropriate behaviour with women.. feel like providing a link for your claims? LAUGHABLE .. lol.. greetings from london

Marcelo
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Your respect is probably the only thing Iceland will have because of the boycott.

LLila
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Lie lie and lie
Fake news by another Israel hater!!

Truth Teller
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Got blood on your hands? Just do the chicken dance.
I love how this editor shows more and more how he has no integrity whatsoever. It’s nice to see pretend-people reveal themselves.

sevzch
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Again the issue u r showing is importent but not for this paltfrom…. this is no place to show politics!! No matter who stands there its disrepectful toards netta….. I advise you to delete your comment there are many other places that you can criticize him but not here!

Maclaren
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The whole world is just pretending that nothing is happening and keeps smiling. There will be a lot of this next year: I don’t want to hear, I don’t want to see, I don’t want to talk about it. Let’s all pretend that nothing is happening and boo Russia instead. Because this is what the establishment wants to do, keep smiling

sevzch
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I DIDNT SAY ITS NOT IMPORTENT but this post has 0 connections to the palestinian problem there are so many other places that you can criticize him… but here… here its just disrepetful toards the artist… disliking my comment means you havent read it SAD!!!

sevzch
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Just wow… this is not even respecting this is clearly pure hate,,,

jimmy
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Aaron
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We love you Netta!!! Can’t wait for Jerusalem next year!!!!!

yio
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it’s gonna be the bomb!!!

Miguel
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Literalmente, espero no te explote a 15 metros

melani
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hahaha LOL

Kevin
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I never saw an Eurovision so much famous after the Grand Final ended. I feel next year will be the best Eurovision ever. I don’t know what they say in the news in Israel, but I want Dana International to host

LLila
Guest

Good chice with Gal Gadot from wonder woman movie

Lims
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Is she from Israel?
And what Israeli news say about the place? I hope it is Teddy Stadium, because the sports arena is so small for a big show like Eurovision

LLila
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Yes Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress

LLila
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I think in the end it will be Teddy Stadium

Leonard
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LOL This president is AMAZING. I can’t stop watching his chicken dance :))))

Can Israel please give Netanyahu to France?

LLila
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Lol

Apple
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Say what you will about Israeli politics, but I love their attitude on this. It’s just like “Y’all thought Netta winning was political? We’ll *show* you political!” It’s just hilarious

LLila
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In 5 min from now you will see here hate comments against our Prime minister from : Jimi, Bella , Denis, Azad and the others Israeli haters ..lol thats kind of funny 🙂

jimmy
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I won’t hate on him kinda tired…… and can I just say the man can wear a suit well he’s looking swell 🙂

Thomas
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Love Israel Love Netta Love Jerusalem
<3

LLila
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Thomas
ISRAEL LOVE YOU TOO

sevzch
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This is gold LOL