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President Obama Hears From Israel’s Political Leaders

PM Netanyahu, others, send their best wishes following election results

By: Leonard Carl
Published: November 7th, 2012 in News » World
PM Netanyahu and President Obama
After it was made official that President Barack Obama had been voted in for a second term in office, a number of high profile Israeli leaders were quick to send their messages of congratulations.

In a statement issued today, the morning after the final results were tabulated, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote: "The strategic alliance between Israel and the U.S. is stronger than ever. I will continue to work with President Obama in order to assure the interests that are vital to the security of the citizens of Israel."

Ehud Barak, Israel’s Defense Minister, talked about the friendship that existed between the U.S. and Israel, in his congratulatory statement.

“I have no doubt that the Obama administration will continue its policy, whereby Israel’s security is at its very foundations, as well as its efforts to tackle the challenges facing all of us in the region; all the while continuing to strive for further progress in the peace process," read the statement. "I believe that in the tradition of deep friendship and with a backdrop of shared experiences accrued with President Obama, it also will be possible to overcome any differences in stance should they arise.”

Israeli President Shimon Peres issued a statement while on a visit to Moscow, where he is meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"The U.S. elections were a first-class democratic event,” read the statement. “It was a complex election campaign, but one that was fascinating to follow. I am convinced that President Obama will serve a future of peace and prosperity, and from Russia I send my full appreciation and congratulations to the American people and the elected president.”

Following that statement, the Israeli president forwarded a letter to President Obama, in which he mentioned, among other things, the ongoing challenge posed by Iran.

"Israel and America are bound together by the values and principles that they share, and the ties of friendship that link our two countries and peoples are historical and unbreakable,” read the letter. “I thank you for your unprecedented commitment and support for the security of Israel in your first term. I know that the United States under your leadership will continue to do so in the future, facing the Iranian nuclear challenge in the way you have outlined, as well as working together to achieve peace with our neighbors."

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