President Donald Trump congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu on Wednesday for apparently winning a fifth term.

“I’d like to congratulate Bibi Netanyahu. It looks like that race has been won by him,” Trump said.

The president acknowledged that his congratulatory message might be early but that it looked like Netanyahu was the victor. He also praised the prime minister for continuing to be a great ally with the United States.

“That was a well fought out race, that I can tell you,” Trump said.

The president commented on Netanyahu’s election as he left the White House for a trip to Texas.

Trump said that Netanyahu’s victory signaled a greater chance for peace in the Middle East.

“I think we have a better chance now that Bibi has won,” he said.

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