Sarkozy has been committed to assuring Israel's security and to tolerating Israeli actions that most of his colleagues roundly condemn. He has long contended -- at least in off-the-record meetings -- that if the West does not stop Iran's nuclear program, then Israel will do so on its own. So, if Netanyahu has managed to alienate Sarkozy, one of Europe's most powerful politicians, that speak more to Netanyahu and Israel's own course than to anything else.
The second lesson should make Israelis and all Jews proud. Despite all the acrimony and recriminations, we now know that the President of the United States deals with the Prime Minister of Israel every day. That's right: EVERY DAY. There can't be more than a few other world leaders on that level, and they probably hold permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council. Not Saudi Arabia, not Argentina or Brazil, not South Africa. But tiny, embattled Israel? Yes.
Regardless of the reasons, and beyond the mutual suspicion, Obama deals with Netanyahu every single day. And that must be good for Israel, especially if Netanyahu has driven away his best friend in Europe.