Bibi's doodle a first for canoodling Google

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu becomes the first ever world leader to draw a Google doodle. But will it ever feature on Google's home page in Israel?

Chris Matyszczyk
2 min read
Google Israel's home page. No sign of the Prime Minister's doodle. Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

Google is cuddling up to governments more than ever.

Like the wiliest of lovers, the company is doing this so that it can keep the vast, elected egos in their place.

However, who could have imagined that part of this affection would consist of allowing world leaders to draw their own doodles?

I bow to The Jerusalem Post which revealed that Google Chairman Eric Schmidt met with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Israel yesterday.

During this meeting, Netanyahu presented Schmidt with a doodle, allegedly the first ever by a world leader.

Yes, this was an homage to the Google logo, which consisted of a man relaxing beneath a parasol; the flag of Israel; and quasiperiodic crystals that were unearthed by Israel's Nobel Prize winning materials scientist, Professor Dan Shechtman.

The Prime Minister reportedly explained that the doodle symbolized Israel itself: "Science, Sun, and Google."

The science and the sun, one can understand. But Israel is Google? What can this possibly mean? Have Israel and Google merged in order to form a Do No Evil Alliance?

Schmidt, for his part, declared that Google's Development Centers in Israel are the most productive the company enjoys.

He also, Shalom Life reported, said Israeli salespeople are the best in the world.

Stunningly, though, he didn't express such fondness for certain Arab dictators.

"The dictators in Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia were old men who did not understand the Internet. Shutting down the Internet in Arab countries was a step too far. When the government silences the Internet for its people, it's a sign that it is scared," he said.

Still, it might be something of a relief to Google's doodlers that I can find no evidence that the prime minister's doodle will actually feature on Google's home page. They have developed their own style and it's never emotionally comfortable when everyone thinks they can copy your art.

However, Google is having to maneuver its way through windy political waters. Who can be sure that, one day, Google won't allow some vast potentate to feature a birthday doodle for his daughter or lover on his nation's Google home page?