White House congratulates Israelis, but not Netanyahu

White House congratulates Israelis, but not Netanyahu

[Ed. – How do you spell ‘sore loser’?]

White House political director David Simas early Wednesday congratulated the “Israeli people” after Benjamin Netanyahu claimed victory in his country’s parliamentary elections but did not mention the Israeli prime minister by name.

“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 on CNN’s “New Day.”

“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, and we’re not going to weigh in one way or another, except to say that the United States and Israel have an historic and close relationship, and that will continue going forward,” he added.

The White House did not formally congratulate Netanyahu, but it did release details of an upcoming Obama trip to Panama and Jamaica in April.

The White House also tweeted Obama’s picks for the NCAA basketball tournament Wednesday morning.

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