By COLlive reporter
U.S. President Donald Trump called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Air Force One on Wednesday to congratulate him on his victory in the national elections in Israel.
Netanyahu said he thanked Trump “for his tremendous support of Israel, including recognition in Jerusalem and the Golan, as well as the steadfast position against the Iranian regime, including the president’s recent decision against Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.”
Netanyahu secured a fifth term in office, which will likely make him the longest-serving prime minister in Israeli history.
Speaking with news reporters at the White House, Trump commented: “I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won. He’s been a great ally and he’s a friend. I’d like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race.”
On Twitter, President Trump was particularly proud of a single photo showing a Trump campaign poster being held up at the Likud victory celebration on Tuesday night.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 10, 2019
Prime Minister of India Chowkidar Narendra Modi
My dear friend Bibi, Congratulations! You are a great friend of India, and I look forward to continuing to work with you to take our bilateral partnership to new heights. @netanyahu
— Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 10, 2019
Chancellor of Austria Sebastian Kurz
Congratulations to Prime Minister @netanyahu for an excellent showing in yesterday’s national elections. While the official results have yet not been published, one matter is clear: you have – once again – gained the trust of the people of #Israel in record numbers.
— Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) April 10, 2019
Senator Ted Cruz of Texas
Israelis went to the polls yesterday and demonstrated yet again that they are the Middle East’s sole, thriving democracy. I congratulate my good friend @netanyahu on securing reelection as Israel’s Prime Minister.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) April 10, 2019
U.S. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas
Congratulations to @netanyahu on his reelection to an historic fifth term as Israel’s prime minister! And congratulations to the nation of Israel for once again shining forth the only democracy in the Middle East.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) April 10, 2019
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Congratulations Bibi @netanyahu on your election win! This is a major victory for the people of Israel and I look forward to meeting with you during our business development mission next month.
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) April 10, 2019