Unlike his predecessor GWB, who only acted in his presidency 9 months after taking office, that is after 9/11. From that moment onwards a menu was set. Said menu was inherited by the gracious president. Not only the ongoing war on terror. Also the failing economy. Israel, is no Middle Eastern Arab country. Israel, is a western democracy. Today, most Israelis do not understand Washington. Washington, in essence has not changed, neither have the American people. Except for one major point. They are afraid. Afraid of the unknown, the possibility that at any moment someone will set off a catastrophic explosion somewhere in the US. The US government has changed, repression has replaced liberty (Patriot Act etc). Whether its the economy or disbelief in the Gov policies, for many still see big brother watching every move, now with wiretaps or SWAT teams converging in middle class neighborhoods. Mr.Obama, was voted in, to counter all the above. Israel is in the same boat.
from the article: Why do Israelis dislike Barack Obama?