By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
Israel's Defense Minister has once again insulted the United States. Defense Minister Ya'alon, voicing his own point of view, said that the image that US President Obama and the United States present to the world is best described as "feebleness."
In the past Ya'alon has said that Kerry "should just get his Noble Peace Prize and leave us alone."
And indeed, in the past Ya'alon has apologized. This time he offered a clarification to US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. But neither the White House nor the State Department are satisfied with the "clarification."
The question begs asking: why does the White House care at all about the rants of Israel's Defense Minister.
Sure, his comments were insulting but they were for internal consumption not for international broadcasting.
And internally, the Israeli understood. They took the comments for what they were - an attack on their own prime minister.
Now Ya'alon is persona non grata in the halls of power. I doubt that this time not even an apology will get him out of the DC dog house. And I fear that this situation might impact on Ya'alon's ability to do his job.
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