On Sunday, some 40 Likud members signed the petition, saying they will only accept Netanyahu as the party’s candidate for prime minister, “regardless of the election results.” Likud later issued an official statement affirming that Netanyahu “is the only Likud candidate for prime minister — and there will be no other candidate.”
Social media exploded with memes and humorous reactions to the petition, comparing Netanyahu to the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.
Among those mocking the prime minister was Alon Pinkas who served as Consul General of Israel in New York City.
תודה לכל מי שחתם. אוהב אתכם, אחים pic.twitter.com/8Xtw1j9jcO— Alon Pinkas (@AlonPinkas) August 4, 2019
He posted an image of Netanyahu that’s reminiscent of North Korean propaganda posters, with a caption: “Thank you to everyone who signed, I love you.”
מקום 26 ברשימת הליכוד לאחר המפגש עם דוד ביטן. pic.twitter.com/zeK8sFM5zE— John Brown (@brown_johnbrown) August 4, 2019
Netanya Mayor Miriam Feirberg also posted on her Twitter account, sarcastically referring to the fact the word “Netanyahu” sounds similar to the city she heads.
"Finally a proper government decision. Everyone is loyal, first and foremost to Netanya," she tweeted.
Associated Press contributed to this report