After just a few short months in office, many Americans are excited about the new direction of our nation. President Trump has spent much of his short time in office dismantling the Obama legacy, especially some of the policies that did such severe damage to the economy. The result has been a lot of growing optimism in the business and financial communities after eight years of uncertainty.
Of course, it’s not just his domestic policy that has people feeling good about the future. His foreign policy of showing American strength has put our adversaries on notice, which is a complete change of pace from the timid approach of the Obama administration.
It’s not just Americans that notice the difference; some of the praise is coming from overseas too. Most notably, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is feeling good about America’s new leader. During a visit by Defense Secretary James Mattis, Netanyahu didn’t hold back on his thoughts about the change:
From Conservative Review:
The leader of Israel is no longer hiding his relief that he gets to move on from the anti-Israel policies of former President Barack Obama.
Greeting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis Friday morning, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu noted the “welcome change” in the new administration under President Donald Trump.
The Israeli leader had high praise for both Mattis and President Trump:
Netanyahu praised Mattis and President Trump for their “clear and forthright” language used to describe the threat from the terrorist regime in Iran.
America and Israel face “twin threats” in today’s global security environment, Netanyahu explained, discussing how their common adversaries include the “Shiite extremists led by Iran and the Sunni extremist led by Daesh (the Islamic State).”
Netanyahu didn’t make it a secret that he preferred the new president after eight years of Obama:
Israeli leaders, Netanyahu especially, appear relieved that they no longer have to deal with the Obama administration’s constant harassment of the Jewish state.
Obama accused Israel of “humiliating” Palestinians. His top diplomat, John Kerry, accused Israel of becoming an “apartheid” state, and claimed Israel could not be both Jewish and democratic.
He went on to express great optimism about the future:
That’s why it surprised nobody when Netanyahu accepted what he called “a great change in the direction of American policy.”
As your mother always told you, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.
It’s no secret that U.S. relations with Israel soured during Obama’s term. However, it’s rare to see a foreign ally make such candid remarks about a former president. Of course, Netanyahu isn’t your typical leader by any stretch.
In an age when cooperation with Israel is vital to the national security of both nations, the renewed commitment to the alliance is a welcome change of pace. Clearly, Netanyahu sees the new American president as a step in the right direction.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]