By COLlive reporter
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will have to wait for Mazal Tov wishes from the White House.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama will only be congratulating Netanyahu on his staggering and surprising win on Tuesday “in the coming days.”
U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, on the other hand, was quick to tweet the next morning: “Heartfelt congratulations to PM @Netanyahu. Looking forward to continuing the strong bond between #Israel & America.”
Asked by a reporter about the Obama administration’s lukewarm response to Netanyahu’s win, Boehner said, “Lukewarm?” and laughed heartily, according to the AP.
Boehner was the one who invited Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress last month about the danger of a nuclear Iran and the deal being crafted by the administration. Obama refused to meet Netanyhau during that visit.
An administration official who did call Netanyhau was Secretary of State John Kerry, although there was no mention of it on his Twitter page where he did report about his talks with Iran.
The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) pointed out that President Obama’s congratulatory call to Turkish President Tayyip Recep Erdogan on his election victory in August 2014 lasted 45 minutes.
And despite their known disagreements, Netanyahu called to congratulate President Obama on his re-election in 2012.
Here are the tweets from those who were mensch enough to say Mazal Tov to Bibi:
— Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) March 18, 2015
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) March 18, 2015
Congratulations to Prime Minister @netanyahu on his re-election. He’s a true leader who will continue to keep Israel strong and secure.
— Jeb Bush (@JebBush) March 18, 2015
Congratulations once again to my friend, PM @netanyahu. May our nations’ friendship also long endure.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 18, 2015
I congratulate PM Netanyahu on his election results. We look fwd to working w/ the gov’t once formed. Israel has no greater friend than Cda.
— Stephen Harper (@pmharper) March 18, 2015
— Federica Mogherini (@FedericaMog) March 18, 2015
— UK Prime Minister (@Number10gov) March 18, 2015
מזל טוב ידידי Bibi @Netanyahu
אני זוכר את פגישתנו הנעימה בניו יורק בספטמבר האחרון
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 18, 2015