Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken with Biden, calling him an “old friend” of Israel who “knows that our friendship is based on values beyond partisan politics.”
Netanyahu is the latest world leader to speak to Biden within two weeks of election day, following French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson . The Chinese government and Pope Francis also congratulated the president-elect.
But news of Netanyahu’s conversation with Biden is likely to be particularly deadly for Trump, as the outgoing president and prime minister have cultivated a geopolitical alliance and political partnership in recent years.
The Trump administration has pursued a policy in the Middle East that largely favors Israel and seeks to protect it from regional threats such as Iran. Meanwhile, Netanyahu used a video of his diplomacy with Trump to promote his Likud party in the Israeli parliamentary elections.
But election-related tensions in their relationship became apparent last month, when Netanyahu notably turned down the opportunity to publicly criticize Biden during a phone call with Trump in the Oval Office, despite the president’s encouragement to do so.