NEW YORK- Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon congratulated US President Donald Trump on his inauguration on Friday and called him “a true friend of Israel”.

“Thank you President Trump for your unequivocal support, we look forward to welcoming you to our capital of Jerusalem,” he said. "After the shameful resolution that was adopted by the Security Council, Israel looks forward to strengthening our most important alliance and leading together towards a new era at the UN.”

Earlier this week, as Trump’s pick for UN Ambassador Nikki Haley underwent her Senate confirmation hearing, Danon, who had welcomed the announcement of her appointment back in November, said he is looking forward to working together with her to “undo the damage” done by Security Council resolution 2334 and to “lead towards a new era at the UN which includes real reforms that will put an end to the biased obsession with Israel.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also congratulated Donald Trump ahead of his inauguration earlier on Friday, calling him his “friend.”

“Congrats to my friend President Trump,” Netanyahu wrote on Twitter Friday, several hours before the president elect was scheduled to officially assume the title following his inauguration in Washington DC. “Look forward to working closely with you to make the alliance between Israel and the United States of America stronger than ever.”

Education Minister Naftali Bennett of the rightist Bayit Yehudi party, was quoted by Army Radio as also having congratulated Trump ahead of his inauguration.

“President Trump, in the name of the people in Israel, congratulations and good luck!” Bennett was quoted as saying. “We look forward to a deep and strong relationship. May God bless our nations.”

JTA contributed to this report.

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