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  • What Huckabee could learn from Bibi about Holocaust analogies

    July 29, 2015 | 1:55 pm

    Much of the outrage over Mike Huckabee’s Holocaust-Iran analogy was about sense and sensibility.

    First, sensibility. Sure, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu compares the ayatollahs to the Nazis all the time — and warns that permitting them a pathway to the bomb is opening the...

  • Federation: Take it back

    By Rob Eshman

    July 26, 2015 | 8:09 pm

    In the hours immediately following the announcement of the Iran nuclear deal, the Jewish community fell victim to a rare and unbecoming phenomenon:  groupthink.

    The word went out from Zion, when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu castigated the deal before it had even been...

  • Should American Jews show solidarity with Israel?

    By David Suissa

    July 20, 2015 | 4:45 pm

    For as long as I can remember, American Jews who have opposed Israeli policies have justified it by pointing to a vigorous opposition inside Israel. In many ways, this was one of their most powerful arguments: Look at all the Israelis who agree with us! 

    Now, suddenly, with the...

  • Moving and shaking: Michael Oren, Tony Blair, synagogue softball and more

    By Ryan Torok

    July 9, 2015 | 10:53 am

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and the U.S. — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released,...

  • Why are liberals bashing Michael Oren?

    By David Suissa

    July 7, 2015 | 5:28 pm

    After interviewing former ambassador Michael Oren last week at the Museum of Tolerance, and reading countless articles attacking him, I think I’ve figured out why his new book, “Ally,” has struck such a sensitive nerve, especially with pro-Obama liberal Zionists.

    In case you’ve...

  • Jewish name-calling: a note on Michael Oren, Leon Wieseltier and the art of insult

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 6, 2015 | 1:04 pm

    SHAKESPEARE said it so sweetly.

    “What’s in a name?” the Bard mused in “Romeo and Juliet,” his immortal romance about hostile households. “That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet.”

    In Jewish tradition, names are taken a tad more seriously. Families...

  • Michael Oren responds to ‘Ally’ backlash at local event

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2015 | 4:48 pm

    Former Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren’s dual loyalties — and his frustration with the growing separation between Israel and America — were evident in his remarks July 1 when he appeared at the Museum of Tolerance to discuss his recently released, controversial...

  • Michael Oren wanted Obama to credit Israeli rescuers in Haiti — before they arrived

    July 1, 2015 | 4:00 pm

    UPDATE: This version of a blog post JTA sent yesterday updates with an interview with Amos Radian, who at the time was the Israeli ambassador to the Dominican Republic with responsibility for Haiti. Radian, now retired, arrived in Haiti overland with a security guard on Wednesday,...

  • Letters to the editor: Questions for Michael Oren, redefining anti-Semitism and more

    July 1, 2015 | 11:11 am

    Three Answers for Rob Eshman

    Rob Eshman notices the absence of Benjamin Netanyahu in Michael Oren’s book (“One Question for Michael Oren,” June 26). He is guilty of perhaps a greater omission, leaving out the abject failures connected to the “leading the way” of both Yitzhak...

  • My last 5 comments on the Michael Oren storm

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 25, 2015 | 4:04 am


    In the big debate about Michael Oren's book, discussants often have a tendency to confuse three different topics that should be talked about separately.

    A. Is the book factually accurate?

    B. Is Oren's analysis valid?

    C. Was it OK for Oren to publish the book?

    I do not...

  • One question for Michael Oren

    By Rob Eshman

    June 24, 2015 | 11:57 am

    Former Israeli ambassador Michael Oren is coming to Los Angeles this week to speak about his new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” and I’m going to miss him. 

    I was invited to be Oren’s on-stage interviewer at his appearance at the Richard Nixon...

  • Farewell to Foxman, murmurs about Oren

    June 23, 2015 | 8:24 am

    At Abe Foxman’s farewell, there were the hugs, there were the recollections of the hugs, and there was the sheer diversity of the huggers.

    Abe likes to hug, and he hugged everyone who came out to the June 17 gala marking his retirement from the Anti-Defamation League after 50...

  • ADL raps Michael Oren for stereotyping Obama in new essay

    June 22, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League criticized Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to the United States, for an “insensitive and unjustified” attack on President Barack Obama.

    Oren’ should “walk back” views published in an essay posted Friday on the Foreign Policy website, the ADL...

  • Torn between two loves

    By David Suissa

    June 17, 2015 | 10:17 am

    A plate of cheese and crackers served to hungry Israeli officials at the White House is one of the many images that lingered after I read Michael Oren’s riveting new book, “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide.” The book is an insider account of Oren’s tenure as the...

  • Is Oren’s call for ‘no surprises’ in U.S.-Israel ties possible?

    June 16, 2015 | 2:52 pm

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, caused a stir this week by publicly accusing President Barack Obama of abandoning the two core principles that undergird the U.S.-Israel relationship: no public disagreements and no surprises.

    But should there be no public...

  • Michael Oren: Obama abandoned ‘two core principles’ of U.S.-Israel alliance

    June 16, 2015 | 1:46 pm

    Israel’s former ambassador to Washington accused President Barack Obama of abandoning “core principles” of the U.S.-Israel relationship.

    Michael Oren in an Op-Ed appearing Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal said Obama abandoned the principle of keeping disagreements private and ...

  • Knesset members call for policy, diplomatic shifts in wake of Obama interview

    June 3, 2015 | 3:40 pm

    Israeli lawmakers have called for policy and diplomatic changes following a warning by President Barack Obama that Israel could lose international backing unless it supports a two-state solution.

    Michael Oren, a lawmaker with the center-right Kulanu party and Israel’s former...

  • American Jews and the Israeli election

    By Rob Eshman

    March 18, 2015 | 6:31 pm

    If there is one lesson American Jews will learn from Israel’s election, it’s this:  they’re not us.

    Israel is not New York. Or LA. Or Chicago or Boston or Miami or Philadelphia. It is a Jewish “community” unlike any in America.

    Israelis went to the polls this Tuesday and...

  • Israel’s election: It’s the economy, stupid

    March 16, 2015 | 4:33 pm

    Ambassador Michael Oren and professor Manuel Trajtenberg, both immigrants who have served as Benjamin Netanyahu’s most respected — and visible — public servants, have joined campaigns against the Likud. Their voices reflect 11th-hour polling suggesting the Israeli electorate is...

  • Michael Oren lends foreign policy bona fides to new Israeli party Kulanu

    February 9, 2015 | 10:47 am

    Michael Oren, New York-born and educated at Columbia and Princeton, begins an interview in Hebrew.

    Though he quickly switches to English, Oren interrupts himself every so often to translate a word into Hebrew for his assistant. It’s a bilingual bridge he has spanned in one...

  • Candidates go head to head on Israel’s future

    February 3, 2015 | 2:43 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Labor Chairman Isaac Herzog won’t be debating each other ahead of Israel’s March election, but English speakers in Tel Aviv who packed an event hall here got the next best thing: Candidates from five parties came out for a panel-style...

  • Ex-envoy Michael Oren announces Knesset run

    December 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Michael Oren, the former Israeli envoy to the United States, will run in Israel’s upcoming elections.

    Oren was presented Wednesday as a candidate for the new political party Kulanu, headed by former Communications Minister Moshe Kahlon, who left the Likud Party in 2013. Kahlon...

  • Court upholds conviction of Irvine protesters

    March 4, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    A California state appeals court has upheld the conviction of 10 students at the University of California, Irvine, who disrupted a 2010 speech by then-Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

    During the speech, the protesters interrupted Oren repeatedly, calling him...

  • Kerry putting Israel in ‘impossible situation,’ Israeli lawmaker writes

    August 15, 2013 | 9:19 am

    John Kerry has put Israel in an “impossible situation,” Knesset member Ayelet Shaked wrote in a letter to the U.S. secretary of state.

    “You have forced us into peace talks during a period of time that the entire Middle-East is in chaos, without realizing that by doing so, you...

  • A Jew and a Muslim?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    July 31, 2013 | 1:09 pm

    Most Jews and Muslims rarely talk — really talk — to one another. This is as true in the United States as elsewhere, a stark reality despite our nation’s vast diversity and the ability of so many different peoples to coexist. It is true also in Los Angeles, a city of strong ethnic...

  • Letter to Michael Oren regarding Eritrean deportations

    July 16, 2013 | 2:54 pm


    A letter of an Eritrean Asylum Seeker Jailed for a Year in Saharonim:


    "To achieve a solution or die"

    A letter dated July 2nd written by an Eritrean asylum seeker who was forced to stop the hunger strike:

    "I appreciate your caring in advance.

    There were about 176...

  • Foreign Ministry strike may delay Dermer move to D.C.

    July 15, 2013 | 4:17 pm

    Ron Dermer may take up his new diplomatic position as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States later than originally planned due to a strike by Foreign Ministry employees.

    Dermer, who was officially named to the position last week, was scheduled to take up his post next...

  • Michael Oren synthesized training as historian, role as diplomat

    July 15, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    Michael Oren was deep inside the State Department, relaxed and taking on all comers: He had the facts on his side.

    It was 2004 and the department was reviewing newly declassified National Security Agency evidence reinforcing Israel’s longstanding claim that its 1967 air attack on...

  • Ambassador Michael Oren to resign post

    July 5, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, announced that he will be leaving his post this fall.

    “Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer...

  • Netanyahu won’t ask U.S. to exempt aid to Israel in defense cuts

    June 21, 2013 | 10:12 am

    Israel will not object to a planned five-percent cut in the annual military aid package from the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly said.

    Under the sequester, the across-the-board cuts mandated by 2011 legislation, Washington is set to cut more...

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