President Trump calls to congratulate PM Netanyahu on re-election
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted on Wednesday that US President Donald Trump had called him to congratulate him on his re-election for a fifth term.
“The two leaders agreed to continue working in the coming years in the closest way for Israel and the United States,” Netanyahu said in the statement on his Twitter account.
Trump made the call from his Air Force One plane, the statement said, after Netanyahu won a parliamentary election.
“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” Trump told reporters on the White House South Lawn before heading to Texas. “The fact that Bibi has won, I think we’ll see some pretty good actions in terms of peace.”
“Everybody said you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and Palestinians. I think we have a chance and I think we now have a better chance,” President Trump added.
Netanyahu arrived at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv on Tuesday night to crowds chanting “Bibi” and fireworks on stage.
“This is a night of great victory,” Netanyahu said, adding that Likud had seen “amazing success.”
“I’m very touched that, for the fifth time, the people of Israel have believed in me.”