the only reason the US is creating a rift is to gain leverage vis a vis negotiations w the PA. if true, why would Israel acknowledge the rift? why not ignore it and go about business as ususal? put differently why is Israel giving the US what it wants by acknowledging the obvious? and more importantly, on a more fundamental level there is a major shift going on among the public which is far less pro israel than in the past. this shift is obfuscated to most israeli govt officials because they spend their time w wealthy jewish community and w members of Congress who are largely pro Israel. This is the same Congress that that is held in such low repute by the US public. The real shift going on is the US losing economic power, the alientation of the public and the consequences on the publics view of Israel. Israeli govt officials are blind to this mega trend and will be caught flat footed once the economy takes a 2nd and 3rd leg down.
Yemeni Shiite rebels to form own Cabinet in 10 days (AP)