Senator John Kerry told me on This Week that he doesn't believe Israel has become a strategic liability for the United States. In the wake of the Israeli showdown with the Turkish flotilla, the head of Mossad, Meir Dagan, said "Israel is gradually turning from an asset to the United States to a burden." Senator Kerry, the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told me "there are obviously tensions with repect to certain policies" but that "Israel "has every right in the world to make certain that weapons are not being smuggled in after the thousands of rockets that have been fired on it from Gaza."
Earlier this year CENTCOM Commander General David Petraeus told the Senate Armed Services Committee that "Arab anger over he Palestinian question limits the strength and depth of US partnerships with governments and peoples in CENTCOM's area of operatons and weakens the legitimacy of moderate regimes in the Arab world." This morning Kerry told me, "Nothing would do more to address the concerns expressed by General Petraeus, to build trust and to diminsh the ability of Hamas, Hezbollah, Iran and others to cause mishief than to get to the final status issues as fast as possible."