Netanyahu Belatedly Joins World Leaders Congratulating Joe Biden

Israel's PM waited 12 hours to congratulate the victors and thanked Trump for taking U.S.-Israel ties to 'unprecedented heights' as Israeli lawmakers across the political spectrum express their well wishes

Jack Khoury
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Democrat Joe Biden captured the U.S. presidency on Saturday as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump's tumultuous leadership and embraced Biden's promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation.

In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waited 12 hours before congratulating Biden and Harris on their victory, pointing to his "long and warm personal relationship" with the president-elect and describing him as a "great friend of Israel."