At time of writing, 300 simultaneous bomb attacks in Bangladesh hardly rate a mention in the US press, and the news is far down running order in UK media. The attention is on the pullout from Gaza.
The Israeli journalist Daphna Baram (Disengagement and ethnic cleansing) is surely right: pressure to cleanse Israel and the West Bank of their Arab problem will grow.
US support for a facts-on-the-ground seems unlikely to diminish as the role of evangelical religion in US life looks set to remain strong.
At least three commentators have recently made a connection between assaults in the US on climate science and advocacy of intelligent design: Chris Mooney, Paul Krugman (Design for Confusion, 5 August) and George Monbiot (A life with no purpose, 16 August).
There is a Near East connection too: as ID becomes increasingly mainstream in the US, it will also become even less feasible to criticise the policies of the nation that - one must presume - has been chosen by The Intelligent Designer, especially if those policies are religion-based (see comment 1: The Rabbi Who Loved Evangelicals, and Vica Versa) .
Some conflict between US and Israeli identities and interests will persist. For example, stated US principles - liberty and justice for all (regardless of creed) - do not apply in Israel, however much Einstein might have hoped they would (see comment 2).
And although much military activity may be coordinated (as Dan Plesch and others have noted, George W Bush threatened Iran on Israeli television), there are likely to remain certain military secrets that the US will not wish to share, so it may be necessary for AIPAC to continue to collude with the agents of a foreign power.
On the other hand, where will an alliance of progressive forces come from? It looks as if Gaza has been set up to fail, but my hat is off to any optimists. Can, er, Hamas, Oxfam and James Wolfensohn (who has donated $500,000 of his own money to a consortium to purchase Jewish-owned greenhouses and hand them over to Palestinians) work together peacefully? I'm not laughing.