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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • Oren praises Power as caring deeply about Israel

    June 10, 2013 | 10:27 am

    Samantha Power, President Obama’s nominee for United Nations envoy, cares deeply about Israel’s security needs, the Israeli ambassador to Washington said.

    “Samantha Power and I have worked closely over the last four years on issues vital to Israel’s security,” Michael Oren...

  • Helping teens face cancer

    May 15, 2013 | 2:11 pm

    When Tammy Kaitz’s son, Dylan Crane, was diagnosed with cancer eight years ago, the two started going to meetings of the support group Teen Impact at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Tammy had the opportunity to talk with other parents who were experiencing similar circumstances,...

  • Path to peace: J Street

    March 28, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Opponents of J Street consistently argue that our positions are somehow radical, strange and way out of the Israeli or American-Jewish mainstream.

    The opposite is true: When it comes to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the two-state solution and the inexorable demographic threat to...

  • Oren says ‘Gatekeepers’ makes his job harder

    March 18, 2013 | 2:41 am

    Israel's U.S. ambassador,  Michael Oren, said the Oscar-nominated documentary "The Gatekeepers" complicates his mission.

    The movie compiles interviews with six former leaders of the Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service, and records their perceptions of how successive...

  • Oren opens AIPAC with appeal for pro-Israel outreach

    March 3, 2013 | 8:52 am

    Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to Washington, opened the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual policy conference with an appeal for pro-Israel outreach to African Americans, Latinos and Muslims, and others.

    "Reach out to the churches in your community, to the...

  • Cheerful and diplomatic, Ambassador Oren addresses L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    January 17, 2013 | 10:03 am

    In a speech about the U.S.-Israel relationship delivered in Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, Jan. 15, Michael Oren, Israel's ambassador to the United States, drew on his expertise as a historian of the Middle East to illustrate the strength of the alliance between the two countries....

  • Michael Oren is staying put — which is a good thing

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2013 | 9:49 am

    Michael Oren is Israel’s ambassador to the United States. And he has no plans to stop being Israel’s ambassador to the United States. 

    This was news to me, as reports abound on the Internet that, as of March 2013, Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Jewish groups stake out opposing positions on penalizing Palestinians

    December 31, 2012 | 9:15 am

    Two major Jewish groups are at odds over the prospect of penalties for the Palestinians in the wake of their enhanced U.N. status.

    The American Israel Public Affairs Committee in recent weeks has backed two congressional bids to at least shut down the Palestine Liberation...

  • Report: Ron Dermer to become Israel’s ambassador in U.S.

    December 28, 2012 | 9:25 am

    Ron Dermer, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu, is set to replace Michael Oren as Israel's ambassador to the United States, an Israeli newspaper reported.

    The daily Makor Rishon on Friday reported that Oren has requested to end his tenure in the spring of...

  • Oren: Netanyahu’s Iran anxieties misread as election interference

    December 12, 2012 | 2:01 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's pleadings regarding the Iranian nuclear threat were misinterpreted as interfering in the U.S. election, Israel's ambassador to Washington said.

    "One of the great challenges we faced was that everything in this country was seen through...

  • December 10, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 10, 2012 | 12:47 am

    In-depth

    Why Obama Will Ignore Israel

    Peter Beinart explains in the Daily Beast why the White House is adopting what one adminstration official calls 'benign neglect'.

    What America won’t do, however, unless events on the ground dramatically change, is appoint a big-name...

  • Oren—first item on U.S.-Israel agenda is Palestinian statehood bid

    November 9, 2012 | 9:26 am

    The Palestinians' bid for an upgrade in U.N. status is of immediate concern in the U.S.-Israel relationship, Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren said in a post-U.S. election interview.

    "We regard this with the utmost seriousness and are closely communicating with the United States...

  • As Clinton rejects Iran ‘deadlines,’ Lieberman says attack on Iran would get bipartisan support

    September 11, 2012 | 1:26 pm

    U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman said an American-led coalition to attack at least some of Iran’s nuclear facilities would get bipartisan support.

    Speaking Monday at B'nai B'rith International's policy conference here, Lieberman (I-Conn.) said, “There will be overwhelming bipartisan...

  • Oren ‘categorically denies’ he singled out GOP as taking partisan Israel shots

    September 4, 2012 | 3:10 pm

    Israel's ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, "categorically denied"  that he specified the Republican Party when he described as harmful making Israel a partisan issue.

    "I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel," Oren said in a...

  • Michael Oren: Iran targeted Israeli Embassy

    August 16, 2012 | 10:09 am

    UPDATE (9:09 p.m.): On previous occasions, Israeli officials have suggested that Israel is considering a massive, crippling attack on Iran before it can move its nuclear facilities to safety deep underground. Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren did not use that language in his interview...

  • July 29, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 29, 2012 | 12:33 am

    In-depth

    Syrian Chemical Weapons and Al-Qaida

    Writing in Algemeiner, Dore Gold warns that Syria’s WMD stockpile must be secured, and not just to prevent attacks in the Mideast.

    Jordan’s King Abdullah specifically warned in a CNN interview on July 18 that Syrian chemical weapons...

  • July 22, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 22, 2012 | 12:26 am

    In-depth

    Is Assad finished?

    Alex Rowell of NOW Lebanon asks what happens now that the Syrian president has lost key members of his inner circle.

    Andrew Tabler, senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, believes that the regime itself may outlive its current...

  • May 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 16, 2012 | 4:49 am

    An Integrated Imperative: Attack Iran and Launch a Regional Peace Initiative

    Prof. Yehezkel Dror wrote for the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University that an Israeli push ‎for regional peace would go some way to mitigating any adverse responses should it ‎decide to attack...

  • Students stage walkout protest of Oren’s GW speech

    May 1, 2012 | 12:56 pm

    A group of protesting students silently walked out of a speech by Israel’s U.S. ambassador, Michael Oren, at George Washington University.

    Near the beginning of the speech Monday night in Washington, more than a dozen students walked out of the room, with one holding a sign that...

  • Opinion: Suppression: The Israeli government & 60 Minutes

    April 26, 2012 | 4:56 pm

    [Read a rebuttal by CAMERA here.]

    As one who has been harping for years on the Israel lobby’s unique ability to silence critics of Israeli policies whether they work in politics, the media, academia or anywhere else, I can’t say that I am surprised by the brouhaha surrounding...

  • Agreements with Israeli schools a turning point for UC Irvine

    April 25, 2012 | 12:33 pm

    Few universities have garnered as much international attention and Jewish communal concern over student-led, anti-Israel and sometimes anti-Semitic activities on campus than the University of California, Irvine (UCI).

    A history of incendiary demonstrations demonizing Israel; a...

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