Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this Sunday morning congratulated Joe Biden on his electoral victory by calling the Democratic leader a “great friend of Israel”, and thanked Donald Trump for bringing the relationship between Israel and the United States to “unequaled heights”.
“Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Joe, we have known each other for almost 40 years, our relationship is warm, and I know you are a great friend of Israel, ”Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on his official Twitter account.
“I hope to be able, with you two, to further deepen the special alliance between the United States and Israel,” added Benjamin Netanyahu, who had already described Donald Trump as “the best friend Israel has never had to.” the White House “.
63% of Israelis prefer Trump to Biden
“Thank you Donald Trump for the friendship you have shown towards Israel and me personally, for the recognition of Jerusalem and the Golan, for your stance against Iran, for these historic peace accords and for leading the alliance American-Israeli to unparalleled heights, ”Benyamin Netanyahu said in a second message.
Recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of the Hebrew state, supporting settlement in the occupied West Bank, blessing the annexation of the Golan and sponsoring the normalization of relations between Israel and Arab countries: Republican President Donald Trump has left his mark for Israel.
And Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, like most Israelis, hoped the real estate mogul would win the US presidential election.
According to two recent polls, 63% of Israelis prefer Donald Trump to Joe Biden (17-18%), whose supporters are less numerous than the undecided (20%). Yet Joe Biden has long known Israel, a country he first visited in 1973. And he argued in 2015 that the United States must keep its “sacred promise to protect the original home of the Jews.” .
Biden observed with suspicion in Israel
Despite his deep ties and the visit of nine Democratic governors against seven Republicans in Israel since 2017, according to indications provided by Israeli diplomacy, many in Israel view Joe Biden’s troops with suspicion.
Israeli elected officials fear the emergence of a new generation, deemed less favorable, if not hostile, to the Hebrew state within the Democratic Party, and a softening under Joe Biden of American policy towards Iran.
The leader of the Israeli opposition, the centrist Yaïr Lapid, who had recently worried about the emergence of “radical” and “anti-Israel” voices within the American Democrats, congratulated Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala on Saturday. Harris, calling on them to strengthen relations with Israel on the basis of “values” and “interests” dear to both countries.
Original article by : www.leparisien.fr