It was said by A. Haigh and confirmed nowadays. Israel is cheaper than holding the 6 fleet in the region. America is aware that it won't get friends out of radical Muslims. The Arab states of the Persian Gulf might dislike Israel but they are all afraid of Iran not of Israel. In other words, Iran is distabilizing Arab countries and is disputing American hegemony in the region through their anti israel rhethoric. Iran Hizabalah and hammas are America's and Western democracies real enemy. They all know that. So what to do? Appease the islamofascists? Will Obama do that? Hardly think so. American congress will make him understand, if he still doesn't, that this is the time to tie "alliances" with real friends rather than appease enemies.
U.S. and Russia discuss flight safety in Syria on conference call (Reuters)
from the article: Israel can't decide its value to the U.S.