Prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu and Hadash Ta’al MK Ahmed Tibi are among several Israeli lawmakers trying to score political points with Saudi Arabia’s shock World Cup soccer victory over Argentina.
Netanyahu posts a tweet with a video of him talking to Israel-friendly Saudi blogger Mohammed Saud with the caption: “I congratulated my brother Mohammed Saud on the amazing victory of Saudi Arabia today in the World Cup, give em hell.”
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) November 22, 2022
In the video, Netanyahu tells Saud, who has visited Israel despite the two countries not having diplomatic relations, that “Argentina is a great soccer power, Messi is a great soccer player — this makes Saudi Arabia’s victory all the more impressive. Mazal Tov.”
Netanyahu says all of Israel was impressed with Saudi Arabia’s victory.
Meanwhile, Tibi, who is rarely on the same side as Netanyahu, also took to Twitter to praise the Saudi achievement.
“What an amazing thing this win by the Saudi team over Argentina. An incredible performance, sacrifice, striving and triumph. The Saudi crowd is the 12th man. You’ve dazzled the whole world,” Tibi writes.
Jack Mukand contributed to this report