Obama Calls Bibi ... Finally
01/29/2013 - 02:02
Douglas Bloomfield
Obama was the first foreign leader to call Bibi and say 'mazel tov,' but he still waited a week. Getty Images
Obama was the first foreign leader to call Bibi and say 'mazel tov,' but he still waited a week. Getty Images

Barack Obama, the man Bibi Netanyahu tried so hard to help defeat last November, was the first foreign leader to phone the prime minister to congratulate him on last week's election victory. 

Officially, Netanyahu hasn't formed the new government so other leaders may be holding back with their calls until then, although the Likud Beiteinu leader's party was the largest vote-getter and will have the first and best chance to form a new coalition.

The right wing in Israel has been whining that Obama should have phoned right away instead of waiting almost a week.  Maybe it took Obama that long to get over his disappointment with the election results.  And at least he called, and that's more than can be said for other world leaders, several of whom Netanyahu has also had strained relations with.

Here's the White House readout on the call:


Office of the Press Secretary



January 28, 2013

Readout of the President's Call with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

President Obama spoke today by telephone with Prime Minister Netanyahu to congratulate him on his party’s success in winning a plurality of Knesset seats in Israel’s recent election.  The President indicated that the United States looks forward to working with the next government.  He also reiterated his commitment to the deep and enduring bonds between the United States and Israel, and pledged to work closely with Israel on our shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East.

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to imply that bibi got involved in any way to influence the us presidential election is extremely inaccurate. it is far more accurate to say that obama and his administration tried to influence the israeli elctions in order to politically weaken or eliminate bibi.

The misconception in Israel that the Obama administration is turning away from Israel (no thanks to Bibi), even though the majority of American Jews know that isn't true, has to be addressed and corrected by President Obama, and sooner rather than later.