The Clinton/Bush hesitation leading up to 9/11 is at least somewhat understandable, considering the U.S. had never known any external attack with which the threat could possiblly have been put into perspective for the American public. Israel DOES - and you've just named them. The first, and especially the second, intifadas. Why should Netanyahu honestly need to wait for a third?
Turkish warplanes attack PKK targets after soldier killed in attack (Reuters)
from the article: From Bush to Netanyahu