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PM picks parody self for look-alike lark

Netanyahu changes profile picture to popular actor as his celebrity doppelganger on Facebook

Mariano Idelman playing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Facebook image)
Mariano Idelman playing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Facebook image)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined thousands of people on Facebook in posting look-alikes of themselves Monday, choosing an actor from a popular sketch comedy program who parodies the prime minister.

Doppelganger Week, an annual Facebook tradition, sees users of the popular social media site choose a famous celebrity whom they believe looks like them.

But the prime minister, or more likely somebody in his office, turned the meme on its head, instead posting a picture of Mariano Idelman, a popular actor who dresses as Netanyahu on the Eretz Nehederet sketch comedy show.

Idelman has been with Eretz Nehederet since 2003, and plays a silver-haired Bibi (Netanyahu’s nickname) nearly every week on the politically tinged show.

The profile picture change garnered Netanyahu some 13,000 “likes” by 11 p.m. and over 800 comments.

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