On Sunday, Netanyahu’s Twitter account was still carrying as its header a photograph of the Israeli Prime Minister and current US President Donald Trump.
Netanyahu went on to thank Trump.
“Thank you Donald Trump for the friendship you have shown the state of Israel and me personally, for recognising Jerusalem and the Golan, for standing up to Iran, for the historic peace accords and for bringing the American-Israeli alliance to unprecedented heights,” he said.
Trump’s policies on Israel, including withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal and moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, have made him hugely popular in Israel. He and Netanyahu enjoyed a particularly close relationship – unlike Netanyahu’s acrimonious relations with Barack Obama.
While Joe Biden is a strong supporter of Israel, he is likely to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal and oppose Israeli settlement of occupied land where Palestinians seek statehood.
Not every world leader will be celebrating Trump’s loss and Netanyahu is high on that list.