David Makovsky, writing at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, says that the U.S. and Israel should keep their disagreements private.
There is no denying that tensions still exist between the two allies. Their war of words reached a high pitch recently when Netanyahu, responding to what he interpreted as a personal rebuke by the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, declared that if the United States does not put down red lines in halting the Iranian nuclear program, it has no moral right to put a red light in front of an Israeli strike. In a 60 Minutes interview, Obama appeared to dismiss such public statements as “noise.” It’s time to dial down the rhetoric. In truth, both sides could use a dose of humility before sounding off in public.