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West losing its focus on Iran, Oren says

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July 6, 2011 | 2:59 pm

Michael Oren

Michael Oren

Iran is “stealing bases” while the world is preoccupied with other matters, said Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren.

The West is losing focus on Iran as it grapples with economic problems and the uncertainties of the Arab Spring, Oren said in a call Wednesday with reporters arranged by The Israel Project.

“They are stealing bases while everybody is looking elsewhere,” he said.

Oren noted what appears to be Iran’s accelerated recovery from problems dogging its nuclear program, its support of terrorist groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon, and its continued backing for and involvement in Syria’s repression of protesters seeking democracy.

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