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.
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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.
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