Evidently folks in the White House were particularly upset with Bibi's use of the phrase, "I expected to hear." I think this is a good measure of where the relationship has gone over the past 40 years. Israel used to be a very poor country that depended on the US for aid, which was key to her survival. Now Israel is a developed country, with little debt compared to the US and Europe and is attracting foreign investment in its technology-based industries and is itself an arms exporter. So the question is where does the relationship go from here. Even right wing people must wince at Bibi's disrespect for the institution of the Presidency, let alone President Obama himself. Yet Israel collects $3b annually in foreign military aid. Here is a novel thought: Maybe it is in Israel's best interest to reject the aid and purchase the weapons outright. The GDP ($217B) can easily support it and by rejecting the aid, it would put itself on a more equal footing with the US and other world powers as it asserts its perceived interests--such as foot-dragging over a Palestinian state. Moreover, it will give the US some distance so that the US strategic interest is not jeopardized by right wing Israeli policies. As a side note, I am for the plan outlined by Obama, but I think this is irrelevant to the questions I have raised.