U.S. President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter Wednesday that "Trump flags being waived at the Bibi VICTORY celebration last night!"
Trump said earlier on Wednesday Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election after a national vote improved the chances of peace between Israel and the Palestinians.
"Everybody says you can’t have peace in the Middle East, with Israel and the Palestinians," Trump told reporters at the White House.
"I think we have a chance. I think we have now a better chance with Bibi having won," he said, referring to Netanyahu, who leads the conservative Likud party, by his nickname.
Netanyahu secured a clear path to re-election on Wednesday, and a record fifth term in office, with religious-rightist parties set to hand him a parliamentary majority, despite a close contest against his main centrist challenger, a vote tally showed.
"He’s been a great ally and he’s a friend. I’d like to congratulate him on a well-thought-out race," Trump said.
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During the election campaign, Netanyahu highlighted his close relationship with Trump, who delighted Israelis and antagonized Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital in 2017 and by moving the U.S. Embassy to the holy city in May 2018.