Barak congratulates Bush
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- Israeli Prime minister Ehud Barak congratulated U.S. President-elect George Bush on Thursday and wished him success in his new position.
The prime minister expressed his conviction that the firm friendship and special relations between the two counties will be maintained into the future. He is also convinced the new administration will continue in the footsteps of its predecessor in a readiness to assess the peoples of the Middle East to make peace.
Barak talked about "the similar values and joint interests that have characterized those (Israeli-U.S.) relations for decades; I'm convinced that President-elect Bush, whom I know and respect, will continue together with us in consolidating these ties."
The prime minister also expressed his gratitude to Vice President Al Gore for the many years of friendship and brave support and wished him success for the future.