Netanyahu, coalition congratulate President-elect Biden on victory

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“I look forward to continuing to deepen the steadfast bond and strong defense ties between our peoples, as allies in the effort to strengthen democracy, stability, and peace worldwide.”

Will they work together again? Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden in Jerusalem in 2016. (photo credit: DEBBIE HILL/REUTERS)

Will they work together again? Benjamin Netanyahu and Joe Biden in Jerusalem in 2016.

(photo credit: DEBBIE HILL/REUTERS)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined additional Israeli politicians in congratulating US President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris on their projected victory in the US presidential elections on Sunday morning.

“Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris,” tweeted Netanyahu. “Joe, we’ve had a long & warm personal relationship for nearly 40 years, and I know you as a great friend of Israel. I look forward to working with both of you to further strengthen the special alliance between the US and Israel.”

Netanyahu received criticism overnight for waiting longer than other world leaders and Israeli politicians to respond to the projected victory.

President Reuven Rivlin also expressed congratulations to Biden and thanked Trump for his four years of partnership with Israel on Sunday morning.

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“I send the blessings of the Israeli people and of the State of Israel, to our friend Joe Biden on your election as the 46th President of the United States of America,” wrote Rivlin. “I also send congratulations and best wishes for your success, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.”

“Mr President-elect, as a long-standing friend of Israel, you are now the leader of the free world and of the State of Israel’s closest and most important ally,” added Rivlin. “The strategic alliance between our two countries and peoples is stronger than any political leadership, and is not based solely on friendship. It is rooted deeply in our shared values and in our long-standing commitment to freedom and democracy as the foundations of our societies.”

Rivlin thanked Trump for “four years of partnership in strengthening Israel’s security” and the American people for “their steadfast support and friendship.”

“I have no doubt that our special relations and multifaceted cooperation will continue to flourish and grow in the future,” wrote Israel’s president. “On behalf of the Israeli people, I wish you and your future administration great success, and extend my invitation to you to visit Jerusalem as our guest.”

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Alternate Prime Minister Benny Gantz took to social media early Sunday morning to congratulate Biden and Harris on their apparent victory in the US presidential elections.

He further gave thanks to incumbent President Donald Trump, calling him “a  valuable partner of the State of Israel, committed to its security and invested in its future.

“The Middle East has taken major steps forward thanks to the president’s bold leadership over these four years, and for that we are immensely grateful.”

Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi tweeted that it was “an honor” to congratulate Biden, early on Sunday morning.

“The President’s-elect friendship and distinguished record of support for Israel dates back nearly half a century,” tweeted Ashkenazi. “I strongly believe that under his leadership the strategic indispensable alliance between our two countries will continue to flourish and prosper.”

Though the president and the members of the coalition were congratulated Biden following the latter’s victory speech, other Israeli politicians, notably from the opposition, did so much earlier.

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