Visit of Kerry to IsraelIn case you haven’t noticed, the Obama Administration is in the midst of an on-going and very public spat with the Netanyahu government in Israel. The “tit for tat” exchanges have been noted in the press, with reporters and some analysts providing banal motives for the acrimony. Some have suggested “revenge” — pointing to Netanyahu’s support for Obama’s 2012 rival, Mitt Romney. Others have relied on the old Washington standard — “bad chemistry”. I believe, however, that it would be wrong to attribute the bitter words and bad feelings to trite personal concerns since there may be a strategic political purpose being served by this unfolding drama. First, a recap of the most recent events — to set the stage: More