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March 19, 2015 12:04 am

2016 GOP Hopefuls Rush to Congratulate Netanyahu

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Wall Street Journal – Likely Republican presidential candidates wasted no time Wednesday congratulating Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on winning his fourth term. The statements out Wednesday ranged from simple congratulations to taking digs at President Barack Obama‘s relationship with the leader.

The White House hopefuls were quicker off the mark than the White House itself, which has had a chilly relationship with Mr. Netanyahu. The White House said Wednesday afternoon that Secretary of State John Kerry had called Mr. Netanyahu with his congratulations, and that Mr. Obama would be calling him in “coming days.” Tension between the U.S. and Israel is expected to continue after the elections.

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