The US reacted angrily and forced him to apologize. But the apology changes nothing. The truth is the truth.
As DEBKA points out, the US never forced Rouhani to apologize but said "It doesn't matter what the Iranians say, but what they do." We are not afforded the right to be honest.
Barak David in Haaretz said Yaalon "shot himself in the foot" and wrote:
"Ya'alon seems to have forgotten that Kerry is not a freelancer. The man he described as messianic and obsessive works for an American president who has given him full support. The attack on Kerry is an attack on Barack Obama as well.
"Ya'alon also forgot that a large part of the excessive defense budget he is responsible for comes from America. It is Kerry who signs the checks, the very same person who Ya'alon thinks is interested in a Nobel Prize at the expense of Israel's security. Ya'alon should remember that before he runs off to Washington to ask for more fighter planes."
And who is to say that Obama is not also messianic and obsessive?
The way I see it, it is the US that goes begging. They are begging us to capitulate. They are begging us to not attack Iran. "Begging" is not an accurate description of her conduct. They are demanding and threatening.
I have heard enough about the "special relationship", how America is our best friend and how Obama has our back. A US intelligence officer for 30 years, tells me there is no substance to these. They are merely intended to get Israel to capitulate to American demands.
Israelis are indebted to Yaalon for speaking his mind and telling us how it is. Why must Israel respect Kerry's security plan when it deserves no respect. Why must our leaders give credence to something they don't believe in. Why should Israelis be kept in the dark and manipulated to think that the US has our best interests at heart.