Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Facebook page has recently been at the center of a dispute following claims by the Labor Party that out of the more than 200,000 "likes" appearing on the page, only 17 percent of them have come from Israelis.
The Likud issued an official press release on Monday boasting that since the prime minister opened his Facebook page, it has gotten more than 200,000 "likes" (201,748 at press time), making him the most popular Israeli politician on the social media site.
"Personal like from me to each and every one of my 200,000 friends," the prime minister wrote on his Facebook wall.
However, Labor party chairwoman MK Shelly Yachimovich's website said on Monday that only about 17% of those who clicked the "like" button were actually Israelis, and also that about 5,000 of the "likes" came from Facebook users in Indonesia.
Amichai Sargovi, the leader of Yachimovich's Internet volunteers team, wrote on the website: "Only 17% of Netanyahu fans on Facebook are Israeli. Fifty-two percent are Americans, and 3% are Indonesians."
The Likud denied that it hired an Internet marketing company to encourage Facebook users to "like" Netanyahu's page. "These are inaccuracies and there is no point in addressing them," Noga Katz, a Likud spokeswoman, said.
In comparison to Netanyahu, Shelly Yachimovich's Facebook page has about 20,500 "likes," Yair Lapid has about 53,300, and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has just over 12,800.
Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, considered Israel's most influential politician in cyberspace according to the Klout index, has about 36,200 "likes."