The most popular tweets about Israel’s upcoming presidential election were almost all negative.
A whopping 80% of the top 10 tweets about the election were negative, according to tweets collected by the Hebrew news site JNS.org, an online news aggregator.
The top 10 negative tweets, based on a median of the most shared tweets, were: -Israel’s leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, is to take a leave of absence after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
-Israel has lost a second straight election to President Shimon Peres, who has a slim lead.
-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing allegations of abuse of power and corruption.
-U.S. President Donald Trump said in a Twitter message that he was “shocked and saddened” to learn of Netanyahu’s diagnosis and death.
“The Israeli people voted in a man who had an unshakeable commitment to Israel and was the epitome of a good man.
They voted for a man of integrity and vision,” Trump said.
-The US Senate will take up a bill to repeal a law that allows the use of military force to protect U.S.-Israeli interests abroad.
-In an emotional speech in Tel Aviv, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said his government was “a strong and steadfast defender of the values that unite us all.”
He also said he would make it a “priority to make peace between the Israelis and the Palestinians.”
The tweets were released on Twitter hours before polls opened.
The first of the two polls on Sunday will be followed by a final poll on Tuesday.
The polls are being conducted by the Arab Israeli American Society (AIAAS) as part of a consortium of Israeli media and educational institutions, which is aiming to produce a national curriculum for Israeli youth that includes Israel’s military, foreign policy and politics.
It is the first time a national election has been held in Israel since a vote in 1967, with a mandate to renew the military’s mandate to defend the Jewish state.
The country’s first democratic elections were held in 2005.
The Israel Democracy Institute, a left-leaning think tank, says the election is “the first in the history of Israeli democracy to be conducted entirely on the basis of a national electoral system that gives equal weight to all parties, ethnicities and religions, and which is transparent and fair.”
Its director, Yehuda Ben Gurion, called it “the biggest opportunity to bring Israel to the brink of a new era of democratic change since the end of the Second Intifada,” referring to the violent uprising in 2000-2001.
“I don’t know if there is any country on the planet that is doing as much to ensure democracy as Israel,” Ben Gurions remarks in an interview with The Associated Press.
The AIAAS website, which was set up in 2003, counts more than 150,000 Israeli and foreign citizens who are registered to vote, including members of Congress, judges, journalists, and students.
Ben Gurion says the aim of the project is to make Israeli elections more open and fair and to give the people more power to elect their representatives.
“I am convinced that this will be a victory for democracy and peace in the Middle East,” he said.
Ben-Gurion, who will be inaugurated as prime minister on Monday, is the grandson of former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who led Israel from 1985-1991 and has been Israel’s leader for two decades.
He is not the first Jewish leader to be a political leader of a political party.
Israeli Prime Minister Moshe Katsav also served in the same capacity in the 1990s, before moving to the Democratic Zionist Party, a liberal party that was created by former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his father.
Israel’s ruling party is led by a coalition of centrist and far-right factions, including a coalition headed by the nationalist Jewish Home party.
Katsav and his coalition partner, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, have been criticized by their supporters for not tackling the economy, which has led to an unprecedented drop in the economy since 2008, and the growing role of social media in Israeli politics.
The two sides have also clashed over the appointment of the country’s new ambassador to the United States, David Friedman, to the UN, who was widely seen as anti-Israel.
Kosovo and Macedonia have become increasingly involved in the conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip, which Israel claims is occupied territory.
Israel and Gaza have also been at loggerheads over the West Bank and east Jerusalem, where Palestinians claim the city as their future capital.