A tweet from one of Saudi Arabia’s most influential clerics summed up the Middle East’s response to Barack Obama’s re-election: “Obama isn’t good,” tweeted Salman al-Oudah, “But he is the lesser evil.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energised critics at home who accused him on Wednesday of backing the loser in the U.S. presidential election.
The incumbent president of the European Jewish Congress, Moshe Kantor, was re-elected to serve another four years.
Nevada Republican Dean Heller narrowly held on to his U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday in a closely watched race against Democratic Congresswoman Shelley Berkley, who became the target of a U.S. House of Representatives ethics probe earlier this year.
Israeli leaders congratulated President Obama on his reelection.
Democrats retained control of the U.S. Senate on Tuesday night, taking over hotly contested Republican seats in Massachusetts and Indiana while holding on to most of the states they already had, including Wisconsin and Virginia, according to projections.
President Barack Obama won re-election over Republican Mitt Romney after sweeping but narrow victories in swing states across the nation.
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