Trump provides the nationalist Netanyahu with a degree of support he rarely enjoys in the West.
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Trump provides the nationalist Netanyahu with a degree of support he rarely enjoys in the West.In contrast, Netanyahu has been carefully considerate of Trump.Netanyahu thus finds himself among a group of world leaders – from Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to the Philippines' Rodrigo Duterte, whom Trump plans to meet next month – who seem to prefer a president driven by interest calculations more than human rights.But Trump would be hard-pressed to find a bigger fan.In last week's announcement, Trump largely echoed many of Netanyahu's talking points.Unlike others, such as Germany's Angela Merkel and Britain's Theresa May, Netanyahu avoids confronting Trump on issues of principle as well.Domestically, Netanyahu seems to almost channel Trump in his various battles.Hendel said Netanyahu mainly calculates that "Trumpism" plays well with his nationalist base.
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