Those on this thread who approve of Israel tend to see it as an asset to the US. Those who don't approve of Israel see it as a liability to the US. But the truth is that, whether or not you approve of Israel, whether or not it is peaceful, whether or not it is democratic and whether or not its policies are broadly ethical, it is liability to the US and has been since the day it was founded. It's just a small country without oil or any other strategic value. From its inception, it has rightly or wrongly been seen as an unwanted interloper in a region of prime importance. It's very existence helped make Communism and left wing 'neutralism' attractive to many Arabs, undermined Western-friendly regimes and helped the Soviets gain a foothold in the Middle East. More recently, its existence has been one (though by no means the only) motivation behind extreme Islamic militancy. America is tied to Israel by sentiment and not by its interests. Israelis ignore this truth at their peril.
Woman moderately wounded by firebomb thrown at her car in north J'lem (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel can't decide its value to the U.S.