Obama congratulates Netanyahu on new government

"The president congratulates the Israeli people, Prime Minister Netanyahu and the new governing coalition on the formation of Israel’s new government and looks forward to working with Prime Minister Netanyahu and his new government,” press secretary Josh Earnest said in a statement. "The United States places great importance on our close military, intelligence and security cooperation with Israel, which reflects the deep and abiding partnership between both countries," Earnest said. He added that the president would continue to consult with Netanyahu on the Iran nuclear talks and "the importance of pursuing a two-state solution" with the Palestinians.

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