Analysis Obama Reassures Israel, While Taking a Step Back From the Middle East

The region is still important to the United States, but less so than it was a decade or two ago; meanwhile, Israel's dependence on the U.S. continues to grow.

U.S. President Barack Obama said Wednesday his visit to Israel was meant to be a reassuring one. He is here to make it clear to Israelis that America stands behind them and will ensure their security, even though the neighborhood has become tougher.