World Leaders Including Canada’s Harper and India’s Modi Congratulate Netanyahu
by David Daoud
Leaders and officials from around the world have been extending their congratulations to Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his re-election to office, after his Likud Party performed well beyond expectations in Tuesday’s elections for the 20th Knesset and won 30 seats.
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of India, once again took to Twitter in Hebrew. “Congratulations, my dear friend,” wrote Modi, “I remember our pleasant meeting in New York last September.”
Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper – a vocal supporter of the State of Israel – also expressed his congratulations to Netanyahu over Twitter. “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,” tweeted Prime Minister Harper.
David Cameron, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, applauded Netanyahu on the election results, adding that “as one of Israel’s firmest friends, UK looks forward to working with new government.”
Frederica Mogherini, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, also tweeted her congratulations and her anticipation for working together with the new government that Netanyahu will form.
Secretary of State John Kerry called Netanyahu to congratulate him following the victory. The White House, on the other hand, extended their congratulations only to the Israeli people, and have so far refrained from directly congratulating Netanyahu. However, Josh Earnest, the White House’s spokesman, said that President Obama will be calling Netanyahu “in the coming days,” to convey his congratulations.
The State Department’s spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, similarly extended her congratulations to the “Israeli people,” but also took the opportunity to direct criticism at statements made by Netanyahu yesterday about “Arab voters turning out in droves to vote.” Psaki said, “we have seen reports about his statements. What we’ve always admired about Israel is its vibrancy as a democracy, which includes the right of all citizens to vote, whether they’re Arab or Jewish citizens. And we’re always concerned, broadly speaking, about any statements that may be aimed at marginalizing certain communities.”
Psaki also noted the Obama Administration’s continued commitment to a two-state solution, in light of Netanyahu’s recent comments that a Palestinian State will not be established if he is reelected as Prime Minister.