US President Donald Trump, who gifted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights just two weeks before the elections, congratulated Netanyahu on his election victory on Wednesday and said it is good for peace.
“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu, it looks like that race has been won by him. It may be a little early, but it looks like he’s won it in good fashion,” he told reporters at the White House.
Trump called Netanyahu a “great ally” and “a friend,” and characterized the campaign as “a well thought out race.”
Trump also said that Netanyahu’s re-election will improve the chances of peace in the region.
“The fact that Bibi won, I think we’ll see some pretty good action in terms of peace.” he said. “Everybody said, and I never made it a promise, ‘you can’t have peace in the Middle East with Israel and the Palestinians.’ But I think we have a chance, and I think now we have a better chance with Bibi having won.”
US National Security Advisor John Bolton said Wednesday that the US administration will roll out its long-awaited peace plan in the “very near future.”
The US president, according to the Prime Minister’s Office, phoned Netanyahu from Air Force One to “warmly” congratulate him, and pledged to work closely together in the coming years for the benefit of both countries.
Netanyahu thanked Trump for his “tremendous support” for Israel, including the Golan recognition, and his firm stance against the Iranian regime, including his decision on Monday to place the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on America’s terrorist blacklist.