White House won’t congratulate Netanyahu after stunning election victory: ‘We’re not going to weigh in one way or another’

The Obama administration added fuel to U.S.-Israeli tensions on Wednesday, stopping short of congratulating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his come-from-behind election victory.

Instead, White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach director David Simas told CNN that Israelis should feel good about voting.

‘We want to congratulate the Israeli people for the democratic process – for the election that they just engaged in, with all the parties that engaged in that election,’ Simas said.

‘As you know, now the hard work of coalition building begins. Sometimes that takes a couple of weeks. And we’re going to give space to the formation of that coalition government’…

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