Finally! President Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to acknowledge his sweeping victory in an election that was won two days ago.
The White House distributed a sanitized version, a readout of the phone call, to the media Thursday evening:
President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate the Prime Minister on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats.The President emphasized the importance the United States places on our close military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between both countries. The President and the Prime Minister agreed to continue consultations on a range of regional issues, including the difficult path forward to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The President reaffirmed the United States’ long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine.On Iran, the President reiterated that the United States is focused on reaching a comprehensive deal with Iran that prevents Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon and verifiably assures the international community of the exclusively peaceful nature of its nuclear program.
Awwww Obama finally put his big boy pants on and called @netanyahu Congrats again on a great victory! America’s allies deserve respect!
— Samuel Bailey Kirk (@LonerLifeKirk98) March 19, 2015
President Obama spoke today w/ #Israel PM Netanyahu to congratulate him on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats
— WH National Security (@NSCPress) March 19, 2015
BREAKING: Obama told Netanyahu that in light of his new position against Palestinian state U.S. will re-assess its options on the issue — Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid) March 19, 2015
@NSCPress There, was that so hard?
— Avi Woolf (@AviWoolf) March 19, 2015
@NSCPress it must have hurt !
— Niv Edry (@NivEdry) March 19, 2015
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