Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday night that "Israel reserves the right and the responsibility to make decisions, as necessary, with respect to its security and future, and the US respects this."

"Despite the common purpose [between the two countries], there are certain differences between Israel and the US with regard to certain positions. But these are best dealt with behind closed doors," Barak said.

"Do not forget that the US is Israel's main ally. We have intimate relations in the intelligence field, and the US is Israel's most important supporter in the security field," Barak said.

"The foundation of this relationship is a long standing friendship and shared values between Israel and the American people," he said.

"In spite of the differences, and the importance of maintaining Israel's right to act independently, we have to remember the importance of our partnership with the US we should not everything possible not to harm it," he said.

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