Netanyahu: Boris Johnson’s win a ‘great day for the UK’

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu congratulated his British counterpart Friday, following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decisive win in Thursday’s UK general election.

“Congratulations my friend Boris Johnson on your historic victory,” Netanyahu’s office tweeted Friday.

“This is a great day for the people of Great Britain and for the friendship between us.”

Netanyahu’s chief rival for the premiership, Blue and White chief Benny Gantz, also offered his congratulations to Johnson, while hailing UK Opposition Leader and Labour chief Jeremy Corbyn’s defeat as “good news for Israel”.

“The poor showing for Jeremy Corbyn in the British general election is good news for Israel, for British Jewry, and above all for Britain’s democracy.”

“I congratulate British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a true friend of Israel, for his decisive victory and look forward to strengthening further the economic, cultural and security ties between Britain and Israel.”

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin also congratulated Johnson on Friday, wishing him “great success” as premier.