JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted a copy of his February paycheck on Twitter. He says he did so as an act of transparency.

Here’s what we learned: Although being the leader of Israel certainly has its perks, the prime minister’s salary does not appear to be one of them.

The pay stub showed that Netanyahu earned a very comfortable income of 48,815 shekels ($12,526) for one month of work. That's roughly five times the average Israeli salary of 9,626.80 shekels, or $2,468.85 a month, according to the latest data from Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics.

But taxes in Israel take a bite.

After Netanyahu paid his income tax, his national health insurance and his social security contribution, the prime minister took home 17,645 shekels a month ($4,529.35).

It's not really that much for someone who often works unsociable hours and takes a lot of flak, but it's not too bad for the leader of a small Mediterranean country, especially when one considers the plush, free residence, the full range of service staff and other benefits, such as 24-hour security, a private chartered airplane (sometimes including a bed) and lots of ice cream.

Still, compared with other well-known world leaders, Netanyahu's salary comes in a little short.

According to research by CNN last year, President Obama pulls in about $33,000 a month (plus extras for personal, entertainment and travel expenses). German Chancellor Angela Merkel makes roughly $19,000 a month and British Prime Minister David Cameron takes in $17,900.

Those earning less than Netanyahu appeared to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose monthly income was about $10,676 a month, and China’s President Xi Jinping, who earned about $1,833 a month, CNN reported.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the decision to publish the paycheck came after Netanyahu's office received numerous requests for transparency, although it did not say who asked for it. A spokesman told the newspaper that Netanyahu’s net pay for February was average and in January it was slightly less.