World leaders congratulate new government

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “We warmly welcome the announcement of the formation of a new Government of Israel. We are extremely fortunate to have such strong and experienced partners in Jerusalem, and we will work together to advance the security and prosperity of our peoples.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote that she was looking forward to continuing conversations with him. Germany will continue to stand up for Israel and for peace in the Middle East.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi issued tweets in both English and Hebrew to Netanyahu and alternate prime minister Benny Gantz. “Mazel tov my friend Netanyahu for forming your fifth government in Israel. I wish you and [Gantz] success and look forward to continue working closely with your government to further strengthen India-Israel strategic partnership.”

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz expressed “sincere congratulations” to Netanyahu, vowing to further deepen the “excellent relations,” continue to fight antisemitism and anti-Zionism in all its forms.” Kurz also sent his best wishes to the freshly sworn-in alternate prime minister.

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