Obama Congratulates Netanyahu on Election Victory

After winning a sweeping election with large margins on Tuesday, President Barack Obama called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his reelection.

The fact that President Obama did not call Netanyahu immediately was a subject of conversation and controversy on Wednesday when Republicans criticized Obama for not reaching out to Netanyahu right away. Many attributed this to the strained relationship between the Obama and Netanyahu administration that seemed to reach a boiling point when Netanyahu was invited to address the U.S. Congress without Obama's approval.

In addition, there is disagreement regarding nuclear negotiations with Iran. The White House said of the call, "The President emphasized the importance the United States places on our close military, intelligence, and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between both countries."

Shortly before Netanyahu's reelection, he said that he would not allow a Palestinian state to exist while he is in office. This is in stark contrast to American goals for Middle East peace. On the matter the White House said that Obama, "reaffirmed the United States' long-standing commitment to a two-state solution that results in a secure Israel alongside a sovereign and viable Palestine.”

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