Jerusalem, 14 December 2000

PM Barak Congratulates US President-elect Bush
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ehud Barak today (Thursday), December 14, 2000, congratulated US President-elect George W. Bush and wished him success.

Prime Minister Barak expressed his confidence that the courageous friendship and special relations between the US and Israel would continue and added that he is convinced that the new administration will continues in its predecessors’ path of assisting the peoples of the Middle East in their quest for peace.

"Israeli-US relations have been characterized by similar values and common interests for many years and I have no doubt that President- elect Bush – whom I know and highly regard – will continue with us in further building up and developing this relationship," Prime Minister Barak said.

Prime Minister Barak also thanked Vice-President Al Gore for his years of friendship and courageous support and wished him success in the future.