US Election: A huge defeat for Benjamin Netanyahu

As worldwide congratulations rain down on Biden, Israel’s top leaders remain mum

Netanyahu, Rivlin, Gantz and Ashkenazi all missing from long list of world leaders who comment on outcome of US presidential elections; PM said ‘waiting for official results’

7 November 2020

Several hours after the major American networks projected that Joe Biden had beaten US President Donald Trump and would replace him in the White House, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remained mum on the election’s outcome.

While leaders across the globe — including from the European Union, India, Egypt, Qatar and many other states — swiftly congratulated the president-elect on his victory, Netanyahu was expected not to issue a statement on the election on Saturday night. The Times of Israel asked three of his spokespeople if he was planning to comment on the election but was not given an answer.

President Reuven Rivlin, Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi also had not publicly commented on the US election by the time of this writing.

The Walla news site on Saturday evening quoted unnamed sources close to Netanyahu saying that he was “waiting for the official results.”