In a recent Gallup Poll that was published on Thursday, U.S. voters ranked Israeli Prime Minister as the 9th most respected man in the world. Coming in first place was former U.S. President Barack Obama, with the current U.S. President Donald Trump coming in second ahead of Pope Francis.
Netanyahu beat out entrepreneur Jeff Bezos, The Dalia Lama and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence. who rounded out the top twelve. Above Netanyahu in the list was Rev. Billy Graham, John McCain, Elon Musk, Bernie Sanders and Bill Gates.
Following the publication of the poll Netanyahu quickly filmed a video that was posted on social media in which he thanked the U.S. public for ranking him in the top ten.
Thank you, America!
תודה לציבור האמריקני על בחירתו בי לאחד מעשרת האנשים הנערצים ביותר בארה״ב, כך לפי סקר ״גאלופ״ שפורסם הלילה. אני מעריך זאת – לא רק כתמיכה בי, אלא בראש ובראשונה כתמיכה במדינת ישראל. תודה לך אמריקה! pic.twitter.com/gPDHnktDJA
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) December 28, 2017
“I’m honored,” said Netanyahu in the video. “My staff just told me that there was a Gallup poll in which I was included in the ten most admired people by the American public. I appreciate that, not merely as support for me, but first and foremost for my country Israel. Thank you, America.”
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)