Jerusalem (CNN) – The United States is Israel's closest and most important ally, and when there are tensions – over issues like Iran, for example, the Israeli complaint is usually something to the effect of "Washington is too far away to fully understand."
Whether or not you agree, it's worth noting Israel's place in an always complicated neighborhood that is especially uncertain at the moment.
President Obama's flight on Air Force One, for example, was just shy of 6,000 miles.
As the bird flies, here is the distance from Jerusalem to other places likely to come up frequently in the Obama-Netanyahu conversations:
– Ramallah, the HQ of the Palestinian Authority: 8 miles.
– Gaza: the Palestinian territory run by Hamas: 48 miles.
– The Syrian capital of Damascus: 135 miles.
– Egypt's capital, Cairo: 265 miles.
– Tehran, Iran: 970 miles.
– Washington, D.C.: 5,912 miles.