Take out the American religious right out of the equation, Israel looses its strategic importance to America and make Egypt the focal point. Israel's location is limited to its size and it population is miniscule compared to what Egypt offers. Geographically Egypt bridges the M.E. and Africa. Culturally and politically, Israel's reach is local. Egypt reach covers all the 22 middle eastern countries from Morocco to Iraq. So the return on America's foreign aid dollar generates a much higher return on ivestment. The Israeli governement should understand that America has Military presence in Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Oman. America has a major military base in Qatar and have ammunition dumps in Jordan and Egypt and in case of need has access to the Billions of dollars worth of equipment that Saudi Arabia bought from us. How does Israels compete with all the above? That is why General Petraeus, Mike Mullen and the President himself said many a time that peace between Israel and its neighbors is in America's National Interest. Many Americans are very upset and angry at the way Netanyahu was lecturing our President. This will not pass without consequences to Israel. Time will tell . Israel might end up loosing its only supporter as it lost its closest ally in the M.E. Turkey.
German finance minister says need to limit number of refugees coming to Europe (Reuters)