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, 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."
President Shimon Peres also referred to Monday's announcement, saying "bin Laden was of the great murderers and was destined to be hanged."
"This is a great achievement for the American security establishment, a great achievement for the U.S. president, this is a great achievement to the free world".
Defense Minister Ehud Barak called the assassination "an important achievement for the U.S. in the struggle against global terror".
"The U.S. showed determination and courage in the operation,We have once again been convinced that the struggle against terror is shared by the leading democracies of the world and will be resolved with cooperative and multi-armed efforts."