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Biden calls Netanyahu to congratulate him on election win

Illustrative: Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to US President Joe Biden, from a Likud office in Tel Aviv on November 7, 2022. (Courtesy Likud)
Illustrative: Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu speaks to US President Joe Biden, from a Likud office in Tel Aviv on November 7, 2022. (Courtesy Likud)

US President Joe Biden calls opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his win in the national election last week.

According to the Likud party, Biden tells Netanyahu that his commitment to Israel is “unquestionable.”

Netanyahu tells Biden that together the two leaders can “bring more historic peace deals,” and that the US-Israel relationship is “as strong as ever,” according to his office.

Following last week’s vote, Netanyahu is expected to officially receive the mandate to form the next government later this week, and then to build a coalition with his right-wing religious allies Shas, UTJ, and Religious Zionism.

US officials have quietly expressed concern over the likely inclusion of extreme-right MK Itamar Ben Gvir in Netanyahu’s future cabinet.

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