US ambassador congratulates Netanyahu, does not mention shared values

US Ambassador Tom Nides tweets his congratulations to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new government in a tweet hailing strong ties between Jerusalem and Washington, but pointedly not mentioning shared values.

“Here’s to the rock solid U.S.-Israel relationship and unbreakable ties,” he writes.

Nides and other US officials have attempted to downplay any potential tensions with the governing coalition. They say they will work with the Israeli government by focusing on shared issues and not the personalities of government ministers, which include homophobic right-wing hardliners.

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