If Obama's agenda is to withdraw its dominance then the country to fill that vacuum is China. But China is at a precarious situation economically and socially. The people have tasted the fruits of economic prosperity. The government cannot allow the new China society to slip backwards. The people would not accept going back to the hardships of poverty. China needs an open world market. One that is not at war with itself. It needs oil from Iran but at the same it needs to be able to feed its people. The food supply is key and Israel is at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs in the field of maximizing food yields per acre and the ever important water supply need to get that yield. China is pragmatic and its goal is to be a dominant figure without being overbearing. If the US drops its backing for Israel due to economic circumstances I am positive China will take up that slack as well. Differently but fairly. Fairly to both sides of the ME issues.
U.S. army tests ballistic missile interceptor off Hawaii (AP)