Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called U.S. President Barak Obama on Monday to congratulate him on the assassination of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden the day before.
The American operation that wiped out the mastermind behind the September 11, 2001 attacks “sent a message of the United States’ determination to fight terrorism,” said a statement from Netanyahu’s office. It added that “Obama thanked Netanyahu [for his support] and clarified the United States’ commitment to the war on terror.”
Netanyahu declared earlier Monday that Israel shared the “joy of the American people”, calling the U.S. operation a “resounding victory for justice, freedom, and the values shared by all democratic countries fighting shoulder to shoulder against terror.”
Israeli officials lauded announcement of the assassination, after Obama issued a statement just before midnight on Sunday, Washington time, saying that al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden is dead and his body has been recovered from Islamabad, Pakistan by U.S. authorities.