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Ahead of presidential elections, Israelis cheering for Trump

Israelis love US President Donald Trump — not only for his diplomatic gestures toward the country, but also for his informal, blunt style.
A man wrapped in a Trump campaign flag walks in Jerusalem's Mahane Yehuda market during the Jewish holiday of Purim on March 11, 2020. - Israel has imposed some of the world's tightest restrictions to contain coronavirus, but that did not stop ultra-Orthodox Jews from hitting the streets to celebrate a treasured religious custom: drinking on Purim.  Sometimes dubbed the "fun" Jewish holiday, Purim typically includes costumes and boisterous public celebrations marking a story dating from fourth-century Persi

Almost two-thirds of Israelis believe that Donald Trump will be a better president for Israel than his Democratic rival Joe Biden. This finding, which appeared in a poll that was released this week by I24 TV, reflects the support, and in some cases, admiration, that Israelis feel for Trump before the upcoming election. The results also show that Trump’s popularity is not limited to the right or supporters of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Actually, Trump is one of the most popular American presidents in Israel ever. He is certainly more popular than his predecessor Barack Obama, who was considered cold and aloof. Right-wing circles even considered Obama pro-Palestinian. Polls conducted over the last few years show the clear difference in popularity between Obama and Trump, which trend in favor of Trump. So, for example, a poll by the Haaretz newspaper, on July 4, 2018, to mark US Independence Day, found that almost half of Israelis support Trump, while only 19% had a positive view of Obama.

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