When the so-called proximity talks do actually begin between Israel and the Palestinians, there is going to be a bit of American pressure on Israel. It will have increased, and this is liable to lead to some more tension between the two countries.
But despite this, Israel will not neglect the US or take its friendship light-heartedly. There are big issues that bind the two right now. Coordination between the two countries is critical. America and Israel are allies regarding the perceived Iranian threat of nuclear weapons.
Lest we forget, there are also the additional threats in the diplomatic arena that, although being perhaps less dangerous, are equally as potent and that's Hezbollah in the north and Syria to the East.
Some say all this fuss over 'proximately talks' is just political posturing. Beyond that – some are even pessimistic and say that it will not bring real peace.
Bottom line is; Israel and the US will continue to coordinate moves and positions regarding the greater region of the Middle East. But this local issue of construction in eastern Jerusalem impacts the Middle East – and beyond.
For everyone involved, there's huge amounts of frustration over this housing construction for the disputed Jerusalem land… it really could have waited for some latter time – but dealing with the Iranian nuclear threat cannot.
There are also those who are drawing attention to the fact that this issue of timing regarding the housing announcement while Vice President Biden was visiting is simply 'Mr. Netanyahu'. He has extreme actions, and has appointed extreme figures such as his Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Interior Minister Eli Yishai – the man who heads the agency who published the plan to build the 1600 new Israeli homes, as senior ministers and part of his inner cabinet.
Concerning the publics view, the only thing they can do is start over by creating an alternative government. That process is very complicated. After all – many of the public feel disheartened. Remember, the voters elected Tzipi Livni to be Prime Minister, but Netanyahu out maneuvered her politically by blocking her confirmation as Prime Minister. So what the voters elected was a center left official, but instead they got a right-wing government, a government that will push ahead construction in the West Bank and Jerusalem – and hopefully not push the region into making it's threats reality.
Middle East Correspondent