Trump, Netanyahu and other world leaders congratulate Scott Morrison

US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have welcomed Australia’s surprise Liberal-led coalition election win.

“Congratulations to Scott on a GREAT WIN,” Trump said on Twitter.

The White House said he and Mr Morrison had spoken by phone and “pledged to continue their close co-operation on shared priorities”.

The result drew comparisons with Mr Trump’s victory in 2016, when the real estate mogul defied polls to defeat Democratic rival Hillary Clinton by winning over the so-called silent majority.

“I know that under your leadership the great friendship between Australia and Israel will grow even stronger,” Mr Netanyahu said to Mr Morrison on Twitter.

Australia formally recognised west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital last year, reversing decades of Middle East policy and following Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Read the article in The Sydney Morning Herald.