Read the comments sections in American newspapers. When there are clashes between the American government and a foreign government, Americans are going to take the side of the American government. Public opinion has given Israel a pass on a lot of things -- ranging from settlements to the very fact that Israel defines itself as a Jewish state rather than a secular state -- because our leaders have avoided confrontations with Israel. Truth is, if Obama wants to take a stand on settlements, it's going to be Israel left out in the cold. We don't really need Israel, and standing up to you guys would probably help us in the Arab world, which actually has strategic importance.
Law expanding definition of terrorist activity passes first Knesset reading (Haaretz)
from the article: Netanyahu leaves U.S. disgraced, isolated and weaker