As world leaders rain congratulatory messages on Joe Biden, the 46th president of the United States of America, top leaders of Israel have remain mum, Times of Israel is reporting.
Times of Israel, one of the leading online newspaper in the country reports that hours after world leaders poured congratulatory messages on Biden, the new American president, Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel and his cabinet members have kept mute over the victory of Joe Biden.
Countries in the European Union, India, Egypt, Qatar and many others have sent congratulatory messages to Biden, the paper asked his media aides why has the Israeli government not sent congratulatory message, they refused to give response. Some reports in the country say the prime minister is waiting for official results.
However, reports say the prime minister instructed his men say he can work with Biden just as he worked with Trump. The country also hoped that Biden will continue to push Arab countries to normalize relations with Israel and to stand up to Iran, and won’t reverse the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
Reports say Netanyahu has forged close ties with Trump. Opposition leader, Yair Lapid, who was the first Israeli politician to congratulate Biden, said it was “cowardly and shameful” that the country’s top leadership remained silent, and “hurts Israeli interests.”
Lapid added: “If the French president, German chancellor and British prime minister can do it, so can you.”
Times of Israel also reported that Netanyahu has close personal relationships with both Trump and Biden, though he was widely expected to prefer the outgoing president, who has made several major decisions celebrated by the prime minister, including the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, exiting the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, and backing Israel’s right to maintain all West Bank settlements.