Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that the election result in was a “great day” for the British people and for the relationship between the UK and Israel.
“Congratulations my friend Boris Johnson on your historic victory. This is a great day for the people of Great Britain and for the friendship between us,” Netanyahu posted, with a photo of the two leaders shaking hands in London.
Congratulations my friend @BorisJohnson on your historic victory.
This is a great day for the people of Great Britain and for the friendship between us. 🇮🇱🇬🇧 pic.twitter.com/UukrDHqCc4
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) December 13, 2019
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said he was confident bilateral relations would strengthen as a result of Johnson’s victory.
“Congratulations to my friend Boris Johnson!,” Rivlin said in a statement.
“On behalf of the Israeli people, and personally, I wish you great success as you continue to serve as prime minister of the United Kingdom,” he added. “I am confident that under your leadership the important relationship between the two countries will continue to strengthen and that together we will be able to face the challenges of our times on every front.”
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein said the outcome was a loss for “anti-Semite” Corbyn and for those who hate Israel.
“A huge victory for Israel’s friend Boris Johnson in the UK. A glorious defeat for his anti-Semitic rival Corbyn and haters of Israel. This is very important to the State of Israel. I congratulate Mr. Johnson and I am sure he will continue to succeed,” Edelstein tweeted.
Foreign Minister Israel Katz congratulated Johnson and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on the Conservative Party’s victory.
“Congratulations to PM Boris Johnson & and my colleague Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on their historic electoral victory. Looking forward to working together to strengthening even further the Israel/UK partnership,” he wrote.
CUFI UK’s Executive Director, Des Starritt, said, “We welcome Prime Minister Johnson’s victory in yesterday’s election, and look forward to working with the new Government to advance policies aimed at keeping our Jewish neighbours safe from the rising tide of anti-Semitism and strengthening the British-Israeli relationship.”