Well… it's still headlining the news here in Israel – the apology (or lack there of) from Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon.
The US State Department is still upset with Mr. Ya'alon after he criticized the Obama administration while making a speech at Tel Aviv University where he said the United States “shows weakness” in various arenas around the world, citing the Ukraine crisis, and that its allies in the Middle East are disappointed.
Mr. Ya'alon went on and shockingly said that because America is “sitting at home,” it is opening itself up to terror attacks “and the United States will suffer.”
A storm aroused and American officials were quoted as being left “dumbfounded” by one of their number one allies.
The controversy over Mr. Yaalon's remarks have fueled the 'who needs who' debate.
There have been calls in recent years within Government circles in Israel for Israel to reduce it's 'dependence' on America.
The Idea for some is that Israel is the greatest power in the world, and it doesn't need anybody militarily or diplomatically.
Most of the world views Israel as needing America… the opposite view advocates that Israel does not rely on the US – but that the real dependence is that America needs Israel.
This can be one potential explanation for the Defense Minister's remarks, as he may try and be creating a power interest politically here in Israel at the expense of diplomacy.
As I mentioned during Wednesday's Harvest Show, Mr. Ya'alon may be separating himself from Mr. Netanyahu for a potential run at the leadership of the political Likud party and ultimately the Premiership.
But with growing pressure from the US, it seems Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu may soon also be apologizing for the statements of his Defense Minister.
Middle East Correspondent