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Obama congratulates Netanyahu on election result

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United States President, Barack Obama, on Monday telephoned Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, to congratulate him on the results of the Israeli election, which saw his coalition win a plurality in the Knesset.

``The president indicated that the U.S. looks forward to working with the next government," White House spokesman Jay Carney said. He also reiterated his commitment to the deep and enduring bonds between the U.S. and Israel, and pledged to work closely with Israel on our shared agenda for peace and security in the Middle East.

The relationship between the two leaders has been a rocky one in spite of public statements of support. Both men had come under criticism from domestic political opponents over their uneasy relationship.

The final results of Tuesday's elections gave the right-wing and religious bloc of parties in the 120-seat Knesset a one-seat majority, according to the Central Election Committee.