Due possibly to an inadequate understanding of the powers of the office of the prime minister, or perhaps simply having jumped on the “Bibi what have you done for me lately” bandwagon, Israeli youth are flooding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Facebook page with requests for the prime minister to bring Justin Bieber back to Israel.
Elinor Edri wrote on Netanyahu’s wall, “Bring [him to Israel] and I’ll vote for you.” Only a little illegal, but no matter.
Another Bieber entreater, Roni Ben Moshe, wrote, “An Israeli gives to a Jew, Noooo? We are giving you taxes, you give us Bieber ;-)”
Taxes go to the state coffers, not the prime minister’s pockets. Next.
In contrast to the many young women calling for their democratically elected leader to bring them their preferred pop singer, Roni Dahbash posted, “I really have no problem with Bieber, and I really have no problem with Bibi. But I will have a problem if Bibi brings Bieber to Israel!”
This did not appear to have been written, however, in protest at the possible abuse of power involved in the prime minister securing a Justin jaunt to Tel Aviv. Rather, Dahbash wrote, there “are so many talented artists in the world who never played in Israel, so why in particular Bieber??”
Bieber visited Israel in April 2011, played a concert in Tel Aviv, and didn’t meet with Netanyahu — a meeting the prime minister’s office said hadn’t panned out, and Bieber’s camp said hadn’t been requested.
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