American forces are stationed in the follwoing M.E. Countries:Iraq,Kuwait,Bahrain,Oman,Jordan,The U.A.E. Qatar, Strong influence in Egypt, Lebanon,Algeria and Yemen. So Israel is not as important as it used to be. It is in fact a big burden. Still, the Israeli government does not get it. Pres. Obama and Gen. Petraus said it in plain english that the American National interest lays in the Middle Eastern countries excluding Israel because of our forces being there and could be hurt by the Israeli action. Israel is becoming less an asset and more a liability to the American foreign policy in the M.E. Wake up guys.
Israeli troops shoot, injure Palestinian crossing Gaza border fence (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel can't decide its value to the U.S.