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Israeli Election Candidates and Parties Compete for Wikipedia Views

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The Wikipedia homepage. Photo: Wikipedia. – As the final results of Tuesday’s Israeli election are being tallied, current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his most formidable rivals, the Zionist Union’s Isaac Herzog and Tzipi Livni, are also competing on another front—who gets the most Wikipedia views.

Viewing statistics for the Wikipedia pages of the Israeli politicians over the past 90 days show that Netanyahu has received the most pages among the three politicians, according to statistics that were correct up to Sunday and covered both the English and the Hebrew pages.

In the Hebrew Wikipedia, Netanyahu’s page received 53,630 views in the past 90 days, compared to 43,553 for Herzog’s page. Livni and Habayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett received around 25,000 views each, while Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon received 23,560 views, more than Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Shas leader Aryeh Deri, and the other candidates.

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When it came to the parties, the Zionist Union’s page was the most-viewed on Hebrew Wikipedia, with 32,541 hits in the past 90 days, followed by Habayit Hayehudi with 24,118 views. The Joint Arab List, whose page has existed for only half the 90-day period, received a surprising 14,927 views, a number that would likely have been bigger had its page existed for longer.

In English Wikipedia, Netanyahu’s page views jumped significantly to about 150,000 hits in the three days surrounding his speech to Congress on March 3, to reach 450,340 for the past 90 days. Following Netanyahu in English Wikipedia was Herzog, whose page received 59,902 views, and Livni, with 41,801 views.

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