One prominent global leader who is particularly happy about America’s “welcome change” at the top is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who on Friday praised Donald Trump’s “very strong” words and “forthright deeds” in response to the tyrannical regime in Syria.
The PM’s comments came during a joint press conference with Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday. During his remarks, Netanyahu made clear that he is glad to see that the policies of the Obama administration appear to have been tossed, like most of his legacy, into the dustbin of history.
“We sense a great change in the direction of American policy,” said Netanyahu, the Washington Examiner reports.
“We noted the very clear and forthright words, Mr. Secretary, that you had to say about Iran,” he said. “This follows very strong and forthright words on the part of President Trump, and very forthright deeds against the use of chemical weapons by Iran’s proxy, Syria.”
This “welcome change” in policy and strategy, he said, is “appreciated around the world and in our region.”
Netanyahu proved to be a thorn in the side of President Obama, with whom he repeatedly butted heads, particularly leading up to the infamous Iran nuclear deal, to which the Israeli government was adamantly opposed. Netanyahu really ramped up his increasingly open opposition to the Obama administration when he addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress in March 2015 to slam the “very bad deal.”
That same year, a political NGO connected to Obama’s 2008 campaign attempted to oust Netanyahu in the Israeli election using U.S. taxpayer money.
The Trump administration has made clear in the last few weeks that the days of the Obama administration’s feckless “lead from behind” foreign policy are over. In just a matter of days, Trump ordered a strategic airstrike against a Syrian military base in response to yet another use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime and dropped the “Mother of All Bombs” on ISIS in Afghanistan, killing over 100 ISIS militants.