When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara were greeted by President Trump and First Lady Melania Wednesday, it was a stark difference from the reception Netanyahu received at the White House during the past eight years. Very stark.
While Israel remained an ally of the U.S. throughout the previous administration, Obama seemed to regard the ties between the two countries as an unholy alliance.
When Obama put his feet on the desk of the Oval Office while speaking with Netanyahu, many Israelis saw it as an intentional sign of disrespect since showing the soles of one’s feet to another person is a well-known insult in the Middle East, according to CBS News.
And when Obama stood up in the middle of a meeting with Netanyahu and announced he was going to have dinner without him, leaving the Israeli prime minister to sit and wait for him for an hour, it was seen by Israelis as a clear signal that Obama cared little for their plight, according to the UK Telegraph.
Add to that years of Obama trying to bully Netanyahu into not doing what was best for the preservation of Israel.
Now watch the video again of the Trumps greeting the Netanyahus and see how differently our most important ally is now being treated:
Even in the midst of their meeting Wednesday, when Trump urged Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a little bit” and the prime minister dismissed settlement expansion as not being the “core of the conflict,” their demeanor toward each other remained cordial and respectful.
Trump even passed off any perceived tension between the two of them on that point as just part of “the art of the deal,” according to Fox News.
One major issue that Trump and Netanyahu do agree on, which is already healing the frayed U.S.-Israeli relationship and angering liberals, is the idea of moving the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv right to the heart of the Holy Land — Jerusalem.
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