Perhaps the answer is that both the US and Israel are locked into a military/industrial complex in which the military is the big economic driver and needs conflict to justify its continued existence. Both are military democracies, which is another way of saying that both their populations are kept so terrified they will vote to keep the military big and active. Perhaps Ms Rice is really here to talk about Iran....
Motorcyclist in his 20s dies after crashing near Gedera (Haaretz)
from the article: The mystery of America