Obama is nothing if not petty. Congratulating foreign leaders is a formality.The EU, which hates Netanyahu, congratulated him. UK Prime Minister Cameron congratulated Netanyahu.
In a message on Twitter, Mr Cameron said: “Congratulations to Netanyahu on election result. As one of Israel’s firmest friends, UK looks forward to working with new government.”India’s PM Modi warmly congratulated him even posting a message in Hebrew.
PM Harper in Canada congratulated Netanyahu.
The message from the White House was quite different.
The Obama administration stopped short of congratulating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on his party’s election victory, sitting on the sidelines until the coalition-building process plays out following Tuesday’s vote.Obama Won’t Congratulate Netanyahu, Congratulated Putin and Iran Boss | FrontPage Magazine
“We’re going to give space to the formation of that coalition government,” David Simas, director of political strategy and outreach, told CNN Wednesday. “We’re not going to weigh in one way or another.”
Simas didn’t mention Netanyahu, who declared victory, by name. Instead, he congratulated the Israeli people for the “democratic process.”
EDIT.......Obama finally called Netanyahu in person?? this afternoon ....better late than never....