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Netanyahu exaggerates post-haircut reception

Former PM claims a huge crowd greeted him outside the barbershop on Monday; video shows two or three supporters

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu points at his hair during a speech at the Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, on October 25, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu points at his hair during a speech at the Likud faction meeting in the Knesset, on October 25, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

At a Likud faction meeting in the Knesset on Monday, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu told party members that he was overrun by supporters after getting a haircut in Jerusalem earlier in the day.

“I went to get a haircut in Talpiot, I exited the barbershop, and I couldn’t even move,” Netanyahu told the meeting. “People were standing outside, the whole neighborhood crowded in, and people were shouting, people were crying, people were yelling.”

Netanyahu said he couldn’t recall such fervent expressions of adulation from supporters in the past. “I don’t remember anything like this,” he said. “And I’ve been around for many years… there is huge enthusiasm, and an enormous expectation that we will soon return to power.”

But Netanyahu may have been stretching the truth. In video aired by Channel 12’s late-night show “Live at Night” on Monday evening, the former prime minister — who has been sporting his signature combover for more than 20 years — can be seen exiting the barbershop to a very small reception.

In the video, which the TV network said was filmed earlier that day, Netanyahu is seen walking outside and being greeted calmly by two or three supporters.

The former prime minister is currently facing charges of bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in an ongoing, wide-ranging corruption trial. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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