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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Galit
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For all the Antisemites, uneducated, jealous or simply morons – who say filthy untrue and biased things about Israel or Netanyahu – Who cares about you anyway??? LOL.. Eat your heart! Eurovisin will be happeninig next year in Jerusalem – the Capital of Israel! LOL

Nitzili
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Nitzili

no, it didn’t have to be said actually. your comment is just shallow and mean. there are plenty good singers in all shapes and sizes. you can live a healthy life and still be overwheight. luckily for netta, she’s acccespting herself the way she is and don’t care about shallow people like you. and you just didn’t get the song, that’s fine, but your loss

Nitzili
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Nitzili

Oh because you are such a great doctor to determine all fat people are sick and are destined to die. Pfftt not impressed by you. If they lead a healthy lifestyle, people can be perefectly healthy and still overweight. You clearly basing your comments around nothing. I advice you to deal with your own insecurities and leave others alone

Nitzili
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Nitzili

Your comments are not a good massage to send to kids, and what you’re saying isn’t even true

Nitzili
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Nitzili

being healthy and active is one thing, but as i said, it’s possible to be healthy and overweight, depends on the body type. judging people you don’t know because they are overweight is shallow and that’s that.

Chris
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Chris

Oh look, the winner of eurovision is dancing with a war criminal. Yay.

Nitzili
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Nitzili

clearly you don’t know the reality of israel at all

Miguel
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Miguel

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

Miguel
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Miguel

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

Miguel
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Miguel

Consultalo con tu terapeuta

Deidili
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Deidili

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

Marcus
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Marcus

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

Miguel
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Miguel

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 »

Miguel
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Miguel

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

Paschal
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Paschal

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.

Marcelo
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Marcelo

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

Miguel
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Miguel

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

Maya G
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Maya G

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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Maya G
Maya G
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Maya G

She does have great comic timing

Christopher
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Christopher

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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Maya G

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.

Maya G
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Maya G

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.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

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.

Pollaski
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Pollaski

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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Danny

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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Pollaski

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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Jonas

Reuven Rivlin is the head of state of Israel.

Katie
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Katie

OMG
Shocked

Miguel
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Miguel

Desde luego no en israe #boicotisrael

lilh
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lilh

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

lohs
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lohs

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
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please

So much cringe

Joe
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Joe

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

jimmy
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jimmy

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

Davve
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Davve

Netta and Netanyahu are great people!

Marion
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Marion

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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Rashi

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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Marcelo

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

Aaron
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Aaron

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

yio
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yio

it’s gonna be the bomb!!!

Miguel
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Miguel

Literalmente, espero no te explote a 15 metros

melani
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melani

hahaha LOL

Kevin
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Kevin

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
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LLila

Good chice with Gal Gadot from wonder woman movie

Lims
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Lims

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

Leonard
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Leonard

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

Can Israel please give Netanyahu to France?

Apple
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Apple

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

Thomas
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Thomas

Love Israel Love Netta Love Jerusalem
<3

sevzch
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sevzch

This is gold LOL