ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 142

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Friends in high places

Mark Zuckerberg joins Tel Aviv Facebook group

Social media mogul delights city’s social media users by posting to local Israeli forum and commenting on Israeli cuisine

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, theFacebook's developer conference, May 1, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, theFacebook's developer conference, May 1, 2018, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg delighted Israelis by joining a group on the giant social media network dedicated to daily life in the city of Tel Aviv.

Zuckerberg, who has 119 million followers on Facebook, joined the 226,000 members of the Secret Tel Aviv group over the weekend.

Sharp-eyed members of the group, which discusses anything and everything about living in the city from places to eat to lost cats, noticed the high-profile user, though some initially suspected it was a hoax.

“People, you should know that now he’s one of us,” wrote one user in a post that received over 1,000 “likes.”

Screen capture of a comment posted by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the group Secret Tel Aviv, November 13, 2018. (Facebook)

It quickly became clear that Zuckerberg really had joined and was paying attention after he wrote a comment to one of the posts about his membership.

“Hey – I’m glad to be here to stay more connected with Tel Aviv. It’s been too long since my last visit. Thanks for creating this community!” he wrote, but did not provide further details on when he was in the city.

When another user wrote: “I hope the new member in the group likes the hummus in the city,” Zuckerberg responded, “Everyone likes hummus.”

Mark Zuckerberg I hope that our new member likes the hummus

Posted by Gabriel Lhyni on Monday, November 12, 2018

Secret Tel Aviv describes itself as a place for “Tel Avivis to share their experiences and questions, meet new people, and learn about some of the Secrets of this awesome city.”

Although Zuckerberg is not religious he has posted snippets of his Jewish life in the past.

In a Facebook post in December 2016, Zuckerberg said he was once an atheist but now believes that “religion is very important.” The post came after he wished his followers a “Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah” on December 25, 2016. Zuckerberg’s wife practices Buddhism.

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