Five Days After Israeli Election Obama Calls Netanyahu to Congratulate Him on Israeli Election Results

U.S. president pledges to 'work closely with Israel' on 'peace and security in the Middle East'; Obama is only foreign leader to call and congratulate Netanyahu thus far.

U.S. President Barack Obama called Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday and congratulated him on the election results. A statement released by the White House said that Obama congratulated Netanyahu "on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats in Israel’s recent election."