On the surface… Nothing. But look a little deeper and Israel could be scrambling. Here’s why…
Status quo for US-Israel relations has not changed for a long time. US says, “let’s have peace in the Middle East”. Israel say, “sure.” US says, “stop expanding settlements and treating Palestinians like animals. Israel say, “Bite me!”
Although this may be a simplification of the issues, it does paint the picture of our relationship. US has continually supported Israel both in rhetoric and financially since Israel’s inception. This support has come at a great cost to US relations with the rest of the Middle East but it has been unwavering.
Health care reform has also been status quo for a very long time. President Obama just shook that up. He demonstrated his ability to change the status quo. He flexed his political muscle and made change.
Whether you agree with the new bill, you have to recognize that President Obama has made a change in our country.
Israel now has to deal with a man who can change the status quo. Israel has to worry that President Obama may turn on them and he has the political power to change policy. This is dangerous territory for Israel after years of not playing nice in the sand box.