Did Netanyahu Just Appoint an Arab MK to Be Education Minister?

No, it's an April Fool's Day prank by Netanyahu himself - a mock Facebook post in the PM's name. The Likud is not amused.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to supporters at party headquarters in Tel Aviv March 18, 2015.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a speech to supporters at party headquarters in Tel Aviv March 18, 2015.Credit: Reuters

Somebody has impersonated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Facebook, putting up an April Fool's Day post in his name in which he announces his appointment of Joint (Arab) List leader MK Ayman Odeh as minister of education.

As far as the Likud is concerned, however, it's already April 2. Israel National News reports that the party has asked its lawyer, Avi Levi, to examine legal options that may be taken to put an end to such social-media monkeyshines.

In the prank post, which went up at midnight on April 1 arrived, "Benjamin Netanyahu" explains that he wants to prove that his "apology" for his Election Day warning that "Arabs are coming out to vote in droves" wasn't just words, so he's giving Odeh the education portfolio.

Declaring his commitment to "repair the rifts in Israeli society," the "prime minister" writes: "The first stage in this necessary process is to tear down the walls that divide us. This begins with each of us learning the Other's story – Arabs learning the story of the Jews, Jews learning the story of the Arabs." "Netanyahu" adds, "It is hard for me to think of someone more suited to this task than MK Odeh."

By Wednesday afternoon, the post had gotten over 600 "Likes" and more than 400 "Shares" – not exactly viral, but not bad. Most commenters got that it was an April 1 gag. Others, though, called it "racist."

One wrote, "Either this is for April 1, or I don't know what. But so far, so good. Better [Odeh] than Miri Regev."

Another wrote, "The joke's on us."

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