In the Bush II years, Patrick Leahy signed the Leahy signed Schumer-Graham letter to then Secy. Rice to pressure friendly Arab governments into opening trade with Israel. Now, his interests are shifting against Israel. Now why would this be? Instead of analyzing it, right wingers will try to minimize it and say that this 35 year veteran of the Senate is unimportant, or that his state is unimportant (as if that made a difference in the Senate) or that he's a left winger (from a state that hardly has a left wing tradition - it voted for Hoover for God's sake). Maybe this will pass muster as long as you don't venture out of the right wing bubble, but consider that he's just one of the many who have grown disgusted with Israeli preference for settlements over peace talks (not to mention meaningful economic development that is such an issue in Israel at present) . Couple this with the new Rand Paul Republican isolationists and tea party devotees who want a government as limited as their grasp of reality, and you have a real problem looming in U.S. -Isarel relations. It's going to be increasingly hard for right winges to block reality out of their consideration, but when it comes to ignoring reality, the Israeli right is very proficient, and I'm sure they will rise to the occasion.
Protests in southern Syrian city after Druze cleric's death (AP)