Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also tweeted Tuesday that he had spoken to Biden, calling him an “old friend” of Israel who “knows that our friendship is based on values outside the political party.”
Netanyahu is the last world leader to speak to Biden in the two weeks following election day, after 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 the news of Netanyahu’s talks with Biden is likely to be particularly poignant for Trump, as the current president and prime minister have cultivated a geopolitical alliance and political partnership in recent years.
The Trump administration is pursuing a policy in the Middle East that is highly favorable to Israel and focuses on protecting it from regional threats such as Iran. Netanyahu, meanwhile, used a video of his diplomacy with Trump to promote his Likud party in Israel̵
But election-related tensions became apparent last month when Netanyahu turned down the opportunity to publicly criticize Biden during a phone call to Trump in the Oval Office, despite the president’s encouragement to do so.