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Netanyahu pioneers ‘pickle’ politics

After delivering speech using new 'sourpuss' epithet to attack media and opposition, PM takes to social media to relish in slogan

Marissa Newman is The Times of Israel political correspondent.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poses with a large can of pickles on October 23, 2017. (Courtesy: Prime Minister's Office)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poses with a large can of pickles on October 23, 2017. (Courtesy: Prime Minister's Office)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday night posted a photo on Twitter alongside a large can of pickles, in an apparent attempt to grease the wheels of the internet meme machine after branding his political rivals “sourpusses” — literally, pickles — hours before.

“We have a wonderful nation that loves to eat pickles, but is not sour,” the Israeli prime minister wrote on Twitter,  sealing the message with a pickle emoji.

In what was quickly branded online as the prime minister’s “pickle speech,” Netanyahu had attacked the opposition and media as “pickles” over their purported sour outlook.

A short while later, Likud MK Amir Ohana also posted a selfie with Netanyahu and Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely. “Eating pickles,” he wrote.

The National Library of Israel played along, with its Twitter account posting photos of old-time Israeli pickle brands.

“Recorded in the Knesset: Embittered pickles,” the library wrote.

Even Meni Naftali, the prime minister’s former caretaker who sued his wife, Sara, for abuse and won, gave his two cents. Naftali has been leading weekly protests outside the attorney general’s house calling on him to indict the prime minister in the two corruption probes into his affairs.

“It’s actually sauerkraut that she [Sara] prefers at meals, not pickles,” he noted wryly on Twitter.

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