Israeli-American relations are at an all-time low. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s refusal to meet President Barack Obama, as suggested by the White House, prior to the AIPAC conference on March 20 is another unprecedented blow to the relationship. Both of Obama’s views — disengaging from military intervention in the region and supporting a two-state solution — are considered by the Netanyahu government as naive and wrong. The Israeli prime minister prefers to see a right-wing American president policing the Middle East, with Israel as a strategic ally. In the last year of Obama’s presidency, Israel and the Arabs will be left to their own devices. Obama’s America will not do the job for them. The times when you could curse the United States and still expect its unconditional assistance are over.
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Sheila Samples is an Oklahoma writer and a former civilian US Army Public Information Officer. She is a Managing Editor for OpEd News, and a regular contributor for a variety of Internet sites.