During the difficult times of the cold war, America and western Europe were not friendly with Russia. They were usually not even civil. Many right wingers (on both sides) could not tolerate this scenario and wanted to attack. Cooler heads prevailed and now America and the EU and Russia are on much better terms than before. If there had been an attack, the world would be a far different place today. The American general was sent to Israel to remind the Israeli government that a massive mideast war was in nobodies interests. If Israel wants to avoid being attack then they must halt their provocotive behavior and settlement building. This is one thing that the entire world is agreed upon.