White House says Obama congratulates Netanyahu on election win

WASHINGTON Mon Jan 28, 2013 12:52pm EST

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters upon arrival at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waves to supporters upon arrival at the Likud party headquarters in Tel Aviv January 23, 2013.

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his party's victory in last week's Israeli elections and pledged to work closely with the country's new government on Middle East peace, the White House said.

"The president indicated that the United States looks forward to working with the next government," the White House said in a statement describing the telephone call between the two leaders known to have a strained relationship.

"He also reiterated his commitment to the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and pledged to work closely with Israel on our shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East," the statement said.

(Reporting by Matt Spetalnick and Jeff Mason; Editing by Will Dunham)

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How can Barack Obama, president of the 311,000,000 people of the United States ‘work closely’ with the right-wing demagogue, Binyam Netanyahu, prime minister of just 7 million who treat him with disdain if not outright contempt?

Americans know full well that the proclaimed agenda of he Likud party of which Netanyahu is leader, is for a ‘Greater Israel’ with all Muslims and Christians ‘transferred’ out to adjacent states. We call it ethnic cleansing, Netanyahu calls it transfer. Whatever the name, it is both criminal and inhuman. The Palestinian Arabs, all 5 million, are the largest continuous indigenous people of he region and have been for over a thousand years.

They must have self-determination with their own independent state with East Jerusalem as its capital. If President Obama submits to the power of AIPAC in this his second term, he will be remembered as the second- class president who caved in to the pressure of a lobby acting for a foreign state. Some legacy!

Jan 28, 2013 2:58pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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