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November 9, 2012 12:01 am

Netanyahu Calls Re-Election ‘Vote of Confidence’ in Obama’s Leadership

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Prime Minister Netanyahu in the ad. Photo: Screenshot.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. President Barack Obama in a phone conversation that his re-election was “a vote of confidence” in his leadership, according to a Nov. 8 statement from the prime minister.

Netanyahu had previously said he would “continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel, noting that the “strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S.” is “stronger than ever.”

But not all Israeli officials have struck a congratulatory tone regarding Obama’s win—World Likud Chair Danny Danon said “Israel must not cave in to Obama’s demands; his re-election attests to the fact that the responsibility of furthering Israel’s interests lies with Israel and Israel alone.”

Jonathan Tobin, senior online editor of Commentary magazine, told on election night that Obama’s win would mean “probably four years of ongoing tension with the government of Israel.” However, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren said the relationship between Obama and Netanyahu “is completely fine.”

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