Israel is mostly responsible for the weakening of the status of the US in the area. Israel's failure to respond positively any and all peace initiatives in the area weaken US influence as we are forced time and time again to defend the illegal occupation of the W. Bank. Continuing to slap the hand of President Obama as he tries to engage in a meaningful peace process, weakens the US influence in the region. After all, if we have no influence on a nation to whom we give $3 billion, provide unstinting support of all your actions, cast veto after veto at the UN in order not to embarrass Israel and in the end get a recalcitrant "partner" in the peace process who continues to appropriate land, conduct evictions and basically thumbs their nose at us, we obviously have reduced influence. Now if that's what you've wanted all along, you now have to live with those consequences.
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from the article: Ashkenazi: Israel must be careful with its assessments of the Arab world