Israel’s Netanyahu congratulates Biden on US election win, thanks Trump

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday congratulated US president-elect Joe Biden after his election win saying he looked forward to working together with the new administration and strengthening the two countries’ alliance.

Netanyahu’s message came hours after many world leaders and some Israeli ministers had congratulated Democrat Biden, even as Trump refused to concede and pressed ahead with legal fights against the outcome.

The right-wing Netanyahu’s particularly close ties with Trump followed an acrimonious relationship with his predecessor Barack Obama, which some critics have said had alienated Democrats and compromised US bipartisan support for Israel.

Friction between Netanyahu and the new administration could arise given Biden’s pledge to restore US involvement in the Iran nuclear deal and a likely opposition by the White House to Israeli settlement of occupied land where Palestinians seek statehood.

Having been in lockstep with Trump for the past four years, Netanyahu could face policy whiplash – although it may be delayed by the incoming Biden administration’s need to deal first with the COVID-19 crisis and US economic woes.

Biden and Harris give victory speeches

Congratulatory messages

Various world leaders have tweeted their messages of congratulations to Biden and Harris.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

European Union Commission President Ursula von der Leyen

Iraq Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi