Trump weighs in on Netanyahu's efforts to form new Israeli government: 'A lot more to do!'

Trump weighs in on Netanyahu's efforts to form new Israeli government: 'A lot more to do!'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 MORE weighed in on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuBenjamin (Bibi) NetanyahuMORE’s last-ditch attempts to form a coalition, just days before the government is set to dissolve if he fails.

Trump, in a post on Twitter Monday during his visit in Japan, said he hopes the country will be able to form a coalition and threw his support behind Netanyahu, referring to him by his nickname “Bibi.”


“Hoping things will work out with Israel's coalition formation and Bibi and I can continue to make the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever,” Trump wrote Monday. “A lot more to do!”

Netanyahu last month was reelected to a fifth term as prime minister but has struggled to form a government while facing potential corruption indictments, as well as disagreements among the right-wing parties his coalition would depend on.

Reuters reports the Israeli parliament decided to dissolve itself in a preliminary vote but are likely to hold a final vote on the matter Wednesday.

If Netanyahu is unable to form a new government by the deadline, Israel would have a second national election in the same year, an unprecedented occurrence, Reuters notes.

Trump and Netanyahu have enjoyed a strong political relationship since Trump took the White House. Trump congratulated Netanyahu on his recent election victory and said it raises the prospects of achieving peace in the Middle East.