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WATCH: Trump Congratulates Netanyahu on Re-Election, Tweets Photo of Trump Flags at Likud Victory Party

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says US President Donald Trump and VP Mike Pence have called to congratulate him on his election win.

Netanyahu’s office issued a statement Wednesday saying Trump called from Air Force One. and “warmly congratulated” Netanyahu, who thanked the president for his “great support for Israel,” including the White House’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Earlier, Trump tweeted a photo of “Trump flags being waived at the Bibi @netanyahu VICTORY celebration last night!”

Netanyahu campaigned on his foreign policy victories and close relations with world leaders — Trump in particular.

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Speaking with reporters in Washington later on Wednesday, Trump said that with Netanyahu’s victory, “I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace.”

“Look, everyone said — and I never made it a promise — but everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said. “And I think we have, now, a better chance with Bibi having won.”

Unofficial election results seem to give a solid majority in parliament to Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and other nationalist and religious parties. The outcome would affirm Israel’s continued shift to the right and further dim hopes of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians have severed ties with the Trump administration.

Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner has been working on a Mideast peace plan. Few if any details have emerged, but Trump says there will be “some pretty good action” on the plan soon.


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