Gaza Highlights Israel-U.S. Drift
JERUSALEM [MENL] -- The Hamas war has highlighted the steady decline in
relations between Israel and the United States.
Officials and analysts agreed that the U.S.-led mediation to end the
Gaza war damaged relations with both Israel as well as longtime Arab
allies. They said President Barack Obama sided with Hamas' main supporters,
Qatar and Turkey, to force Israel into a unilateral ceasefire amid Hamas
rocket and tunnel attacks.
"We never thought it would be the Americans who would lead the
pressure," Israeli Housing Minister Uri Ariel said. "Leave us alone. Go
focus on Syria."