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President Joe Biden has called incoming Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to congratulate him on his party’s election victory.

In a readout provided by the White House, President Biden congratulated Netanyahu for “Israel’s free and fair elections.” The White House added, “The president reaffirmed the strength of the bilateral partnership and underscored his unwavering support for Israeli security.”

Incoming Prime Minister Netanyahu’s office issued a similar readout as the White House and said the two leaders discussed plans to “deal with the threat of Iranian aggression.”

The call between the two world leaders comes nearly a week after State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States hoped “all Israeli government officials will continue to share the values of an open, democratic society, including tolerance and respect for all in civil society, particularly for minority groups.”


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