EVEN if the Prime Minister of Israel were the biggest incompetent loser around, it would still be inappropriate for a senior US government official to publicly engage in name calling against him. After all, Benjamin Netanyahu is not a private citizen. He is the prime minister of the State of Israel, a leader of the Jewish people. Basic respect should be a given.
But Tuesday, in The Atlantic, an unnamed senior source in the Obama administration sank to low, obscene name calling. The subject was Netanyahu. Aside from the sting of it, it was wholly inappropriate, to say the least.
Imagine if an anonymous senior official in Israel’s cabinet would call President Obama by an obscene name, and intentionally leak it to a journalist. It wouldn’t fly. An apology would immediately be verbalized, distancing Israel from such uncouth, unprofessional behavior (not to mention the stupidity on the diplomatic plane).