about saudi arabia and other gulf allies? i don't think the US will be as supportive as it is now.about israel: i don't think our support of israel is really related to petroleum issues as it is related to the establishment of and support for a jewish state. even when the oil runs out, i'm not convinced the anomisity between israel and its islamic neighbors will wane. in fact, i'm apt to believe that the animosity might intensify. once oil-rich islamic countries run out of the very resource that accounts for much of the country's income while israel continues to prosper (in part due to US aid), i think relatively poorer islamic neighbors will resent israel even more.