I think everyone is missing a big picture here---this should not have been that big of a deal, but it is now the perfect opportunity for the White House to villify Israel, cut ties and take a neutral stance regarding Iran. Obama, like the rest of the world is afraid of Iran. By backing away from Israel, he gets away with leaving Iran up to France or Russia to handle, or worse, for Israel to face on her own.
Russian jets pound Islamic State in Palmyra (DPA)
from the article: Israel's Titanic moment: Does Obama want Bibi's head?