Also, the rule is that she needs to be top 20 at Europeans to be sent and she couldn't manage that without ALL the Asian/US competition so add those in and she had no chance at all. Her combined best score ever is 126.09. I know we cannot take results from one competition and transfer it to another, but still...that "personal best" score would have placed her LAST at the Olympics, several points behind Tugba.
As for "Tamar trained in Israel when she was little..." 11-14 are not exactly the "high level training" years. I don't think I said she NEVER trained in Israel (because I don't know nor does it have much bearing on the current situation), I only said she's not training there now, and maybe the federation is better off spending money developing their program rather than essentially sponsoring a US skater to go to the Olympics for them when she won't be bringing home a medal anyway. Many skaters don't train at home. I'm not saying that because she trains in the US, that she shouldn't take the opportunity of Israel having no viable skaters to get sent to as many international events as she can. I'm only saying that it wasn't exactly in the Israeli federation's best interest to spend whatever little amount of money they do have to send a girl they never see except once a year to claim the national championship. Of course Tamar is their best skater- she can afford to skate in the US year round with the US's best coaches; she just doesn't have to compete with all the other US ladies. That doesn't mean she can bring anything of substance (aka money) to Israel so I don't see why she felt entitled to be sent. She did qualify a spot for the Olympics, but by not placing top 20 at Europeans she didn't qualify to be sent. It's pretty simple and once again...rules are rules. If you don't like them, use your situation in a positive way and change them for the next skater.
Just for the sake of argument, you'll also note Tamar did not always compete for Israel. She competed at US Junior Nationals at age 12, negating the claim that she was "training in Israel from ages 11-14". From what I understand she went back to Israel briefly because her dad's job moved him back out there, and then turned right around and returned to the US due to lack of ice time in Israel. I took this as my reference: http://www.tamarkatz.com/index.php?id=16.
I think it's clear as day she only started skating for Israel when she realized she would not get similar international assignments by skating for the US. Again, I don't blame her for that but I do however think the federation sees through it and found it one more reason NOT to waste their money on letting her have an "Olympic experience" that would bring them back nothing. She admits herself that there are basically no suitable training conditions in Israel, so maybe she should think more about what she can do for her country's figure skating program, rather than what it can do for her. After all, she wouldn't have gotten to skate in all those World events were she *not* skating for Israel. It's just not right to take years and years of excellent ice time and coaching in the US, suddenly join the Israeli federation, and say "hey, I'm your best skater, spend all your $$ to send me to events even though I will never, ever medal". What's in it for them?
@Asli- I don't think there was extra pressure for her for Worlds. This year's results are consistent with the decline in results she has had every year since her first World outing.