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Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, with 1.36 million.
Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, with 1.34 million.
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Only 37 people followed his tweets.
The Israeli Embassy is dismissing reports that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has chosen a top adviser as his new ambassador to the United States, but the rumor will not die.
The Miami Herald this week was the latest newspaper to report thatRon Dermer, a Miami Beach native, is expected to replace Ambassador Michael Oren, who will complete four years as Israel’s envoy in Washington in June.
Like Mr. Dermer, Mr. Oren was born in the United States and gave up his American citizenship to serve Israel.
The Israeli newspaper Makor Rishon first reported the rumor last week, and the Jewish Telegraph Agency news service picked up the story.
The news reports noted that Mr. Netanyahu’s office declined to comment on the rumors, adding credence to the speculation.
However, Israeli Embassy spokesman Aaran Saqui in Washington dismissed the reports as “baseless.”
“No decision has been made regarding the next ambassador to the United States or the timing of appointing a new ambassador,” he told the New York-based Jewish newspaper Forward.
He insisted that Mr. Oren is “continuing in his position as planned.”
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