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February 20, 2013 12:11 pm

Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S: Iron Dome is Important to Peace Process (VIDEO)

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Michael Oren. Photo: wiki commons.

Following his public statement criticizing a “60 Minutes” report that asserted Israel’s Iron Dome defense system would hinder rather than help along the peace process, Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, appeared Tuesday Morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program to tout its capabilities.

“It not only saved Israeli lives but it saved Palestinian lives because we didn’t have to operate on the ground,” Oren noted, referring to Iron Dome’s effectiveness during Israel’s November conflict with Gaza terrorists. He believes the program will also be instrumental in the peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority because, “It gave us space and time.”

According to Oren, the Iron Dome’s protection reduced pressure for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to respond offensively to Gaza rocket attacks.  Instead of sending soldiers into Gaza, Oren said, “we didn’t have to operate on the ground and it gave us time to work out a ceasefire with then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.” Oren did add, however, that the Iron dome “is a game-changer not a game-ender.”

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The topic of conversation soon transitioned to that of Syria and Iran, concluding with discussion of Israel’s recent election and efforts by Netanyahu to form a government.

“Israel is focused on social issues, some not so different than issues facing this country,” Oren said, before adding, “Prime Minister Netanyahu wants to primarily gather a coalition that can deal with all those issues at the same time.”

Watch Oren on MSNBC below:

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  • Stormin’Norm

    …I read Bob Simon’s book…he is Jewish….and…he lived in Israel for many years!!!
    I’ve been really disappointed in all the Jewish reporters that work for 60 Minutes in their attitude towards the “Motherland”!!!…. including their producer Don Hewitt..Mike Wallace, Leslie Stahl, Bob Simon, Morley Safer, Katie Couric (half), Harry Reasoner, etc….THEY SHOULD BE ASHAMED!!!

    An Example during the Gulf War: on a Nightline segment…live…as Iraq was sending missiles over Tel Aviv…Ted Koppel (Jewish) was chiding Chris Wallace (born Jewish) for describing how far off targets the Iraqui’s were and where the missiles were landing…KOPPEL: “Chris, The Israeli censors warned you NOT TO TELL the enemy on live TV how they were doing”!! …Chris: “Duuuh!!!”

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    It is just too bad that Israel needs to have an Iron Dome system at all. Why can’t Israel’s neighbors accept the Jewish State and make a heaven on earth in the region, instead of sending their children to an early grave without having lived a decent life? Today in both of my English Composition I classes we watched and discussed the sadness we–my students and I–feel when so much attention is paid to the rewards of death in the radical Islamic culture; whereas all of that talent could so much more positively be dedicated to making this world a better place for everyone to live in. This brief unit on Islamophobia is a real eye-opener for many students whose lives are so insulated from mainstream Americana in northeast Illinois. Dr. Oren is correct: the Iron Dome does not change the way Israel’s neighbor think and feel about Israel. Those sentiments can be changed, though, through an open heart and the education of love thy neighbor as thyself, or at least respect thy neighbor as thyself. Personally, I would even accept, Tolerate thy neighbor as thyself!

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