As world leaders took to congratulating the new President-elect of the United States of America, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Joe Biden in a Tweet on Sunday. Making sure not to forget President Trump in the mix, Netanyahu also expressed heartfelt gratitude towards him for his efforts in lending immense support to Israel during his term.
Congratulating both- Joe Biden and Kamala Harris for winning the US Presidential elections, PM Benjamin Netanyahu claimed he was looking forward to working with the new administration and strengthening the alliance between the U.S. and Israel, whilst also saving his compliments, for now-former President Trump, who has yet to concede.
On Sunday, Netanyahu posted on his Twitter account saying, “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.”
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.
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) November 8, 2020
To thank his for all that he has done for Israel, in a follow-up tweet minutes after congratulating Biden-Harris, Netanyahu posted, “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.”
This being said, Netanyahu has, perhaps, been Trump’s closest international ally in the 5 years of his presidency, with many revolutionary treaties that can substantiate the relationship between the two world leaders. One of the biggest advantages handed to Israel by the Trump administration this year has been the signing of the Abraham Accords, which formally normalized relations between UAE, Israel and Bharai, with the hopes of several other Arabic countries joining in.
Apart from this major occurrence, the US president controversially approved the moving of the US consulate from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, angering the Palestinians, who consider the city the capital of any future Palestinian state, citing it as a major win for Israel. In March, this year, Trump also gave his backing to Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank, which are considered illegal under international law.
It is speculated that Israel’s fate is now set to hang by a thread with the arrival of the new Presidency, especially since Netanyahu has, in the past had a bitter relationship with former democratic President Barack Obama, under whom Biden served as vice president.