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PM’s 140 in Arabic

Benjamin Netanyahu opens an Arabic Twitter feed, but has yet to find much of an audience

Screen capture from the prime minister's Arabic Twitter feed
Screen capture from the prime minister's Arabic Twitter feed

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened an Arabic-language Twitter account earlier this month — part of the government’s Arabic outreach efforts.

In his posts, Netanyahu has addressed issues such as Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and the Western Wall, Syrian chemical weapons, the Iranian nuclear threat and other hot-button topics.

The account, opened December 13, has so far acquired just under 500 followers. The prime minister’s English-language Twitter account, in comparison, has almost 130,000.

Arabic is one of Israel’s official languages. The Foreign Ministry maintains an Arabic-language Facebook page, launched in early 2011, that has garnered over 220,000 likes as well as hosting sometimes controversial debates.

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