Which World Leaders Rushed to Congratulate Netanyahu on Israeli Election Win?

Apart from Trump, European and South American leaders with whom the Netanyahu hopes to improve ties have already called to congratulate him on election win

U.S. President Donald Trump smiles at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, after signing a proclamation on recognizing the Golan Heights, White House, Washington, March 25, 2019.
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Eight foreign leaders have already called to congratulate Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, after results in Tuesday's general election were announced, even though it is customary to wait until after a government is formed.

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For U.S. President Donald Trump, who called Netanyahu, that didn't seem to matter much. Similarly, Vice President Mike Pence also called Netanyahu, as did other European and South American leaders with whom Netanyahu hopes to improve ties.

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Netanyahu tweeted on Wednesday that "President Trump warmly congratulated Prime Minister Netanyahu and the people of Israel," adding that he thanked Trump "for his immense support for Israel, including recognition of [Israel's sovereignty over] Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, as well as his firm position against the Iranian regime, including the president's decision against Iran's Revolutionary Guards," referring to placing the elite military body on the U.S. terror watch list.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades, Hundruan President Juan Orlando Hernandez and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov all called Netanyahu to congratulate him.

India's Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi congratulated Netanyahu in a seemingly truncated Hebrew tweet, which read: "My dear friend Bibi, congratulations! You are a dear friend of India and I am looking forward to keep working with you to take our mutual partnership."

Other leaders from Lithuania, Brazil, Chad, the Czech Republic, Moldova and Italy also tweeted at Netanyahu with congratulatory messages.