Trump ally Netanyahu congratulates Biden on US election win

Staunch Trump ally Netanyahu congratulates Biden on US election win
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08 November, 2020
Hours after Joe Biden's victory was announced, staunch Trump ally Benjamin Netanyahu sent a congratulatory message to the incoming Democrat president.
Relations between the long-term allies enhanced under Trump [Getty]
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated US President-elect Joe Biden for his victory at the 2020 elections on Sunday, suggesting he looked forward to working with the Democrat to enhance relations between the ally states.

"Congratulations @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris. 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 U.S. and Israel," the Israeli leader said on Twitter.

Netanyahu's Twitter account still dons an image of the Israeli leader and current US President Donald Trump.

"Thank you @realDonaldTrump for the friendship you have shown the state of Israel and me personally, for recognizing Jerusalem and the Golan, for standing up to Iran, for the historic peace accords and for bringing the American-Israeli alliance to unprecedented heights," Netanyahu tweeted.

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Netanyahu's well-wishes for Biden followed several messages by other world leaders and even some ministers in his own government.

It also came several hours after Trump refused to concede and announced the launch of legal challenges to the result, which has has consistently and baselessly slammed as "fraudulent" since Biden started taking the lead.

Relations between Israel and its long-term ally blossomed even more under the Trump administration, who adopted a more reckless approach to his predecessors in terms of internal and foreign policy.

Trump notoriously pulled the US out of a landmark and historic Iran nuclear deal that had since its inception reigned in the Islamic Republic. He also sparked global and regional outrage after moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested holy city of Jerusalem - a move seen as highly detrimental to the peace process.

Trump also green lighted the expansion of Israel’s illegal annexation of Palestinian land and refused to condemn the expansion and building of settlements.

Most recently, Trump coordinated between several Arab states to normalise relations with Israel.

An agreement to form ties between the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain was formally signed at the White House on September 15. 

Several weeks later, Sudan also followed suit, with a number of countries expected to normalise, according to Trump.

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Though he has previously professed to being a proud Zionist, the incoming American democrat president has vowed to restore the Iran nuclear deal and get tough on Israel’s annexation of Palestinian land.

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