They're also concerned about a volatile, at times out-of-control, prime minister. For good reason, they don't trust him.
A former US intelligence official said "Israel is far from a trusted ally in the US 'war on terror.' " So why talk of special ties. In part, it's because of the formidable Israeli Lobby. It intimidates virtually the entire Congress.
Israel is also nuclear armed and dangerous. It's also believed to have a potent chemical and biological weapons arsenal. If threatened, it won't hesitate using them.
Perhaps Washington prioritizes reigning in this menace. At the same time, US military field commanders have tactical nuclear weapons and other WMDs. In combat situations, they're authorized to use them at their discretion.
Both countries threaten their own people and humanity. That bottom line counts most.
To meet or not to meet! Mossad-connected DEBKAfile said "Obama's refusal".to see (Netanyahu in New York) because 'the president's schedule will not permit that' left Jerusalem thunderstruck - and Washington, too."
In late September, both leaders will address the UN General Assembly on different dates. Meeting there or in Washington was thought to be one way to resolves differences over Iran.
"By rebuffing Netanyahu," Obama showed he opposes unilateral Israeli action. Netanyahu's bluster doesn't make things easier. He's his own worst enemy. He wants a firm commitment and timeline on Iran.