US 'looking forward' to work with new Israeli gov't
US ambassador offers more effusive response than circumspect comment Tuesday from White House.
Binyamin Netanyahu and US Ambassador Dan Shapiro Photo: Courtesy PMO
US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro tweeted his congratulations to Israelis on a successful Election Day soon after polls closed across the country on Tuesday night, reiterating the strong bilateral ties between the two nations.
tov to the Israeli people on their just completed elections! Always
inspiring to see democracy in action!” he wrote. "Fascinating election from a US perspective. Every democratic system is different. Important thing is the people have their say".
He later posted that
the United States “looks forward to working closely with next government
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was a little more circumspect earlier Tuesday, saying the Obama
administration would wait to see the makeup of the new
government before deciding on how to approach long-standing and critical
issues. US President Barack Obama and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu have famously clashed over Israel's approach to the peace process with the Palestinians, in particular settlement construction.
"The United States remains committed, as it has been for
a long time, to working with the parties to press forward the goal of a
two-state solution. That has not changed, and it will not change,"
In Washington, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), the
ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, also released a
statement praising Israel’s democracy.
“Israel demonstrated once again that it is the only flourishing democracy in the Middle East,” he said.
went on to congratulate Netanyahu for his first-place finish but said
that the “US Congress stands shoulder to shoulder with the State of
Israel” across its political spectrum.
He added, “We in Congress
will always defend Israel. This commitment is ironclad, a pledge made by
Democrats and Republicans alike.”
Hilary Leila Krieger and Gil Hoffman contributed to this report.