Israel Dare Not Presume to Say What Is Good for America

Israel must learn the lesson of punishment and deterrence rather than seek to outwit or prevail over its ally.

On a warm Thursday in early November, near the center of Jerusalem, two American VIPs were getting ready for their morning tasks. At the American Consulate, on Agron Street, an alert security detail patrolled and readied a convoy of black, armored Chevy Suburbans - that necessary component of any FBI or CIA movie - to ferry Secretary of State John Kerry to his meetings.