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June 16, 2015 10:59 am

Former US Ambassador Accuses Obama of Seeking to Harm Relations With Israel

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Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren. PHOTO: Wikipedia.

Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. and current Israeli lawmaker Michael Oren accused President Barack Obama on Tuesday of “deliberately” pursuing a policy that harmed U.S.-Israeli relations.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, Oren claimed Obama entered the White House after his first election win in 2008 promoting “an agenda of championing the Palestinian cause and achieving a nuclear accord with Iran.”

“Such policies would have put him at odds with any Israeli leader,” said Oren, who served as the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. between 2009 and the end of 2013, when he was replaced by Ron Dermer. “But Mr. Obama posed an even more fundamental challenge by abandoning the two core principles of Israel’s alliance with America.”

According to Oren, those two core principles are “no daylight,” or basically a pact of non-public disagreement over major issues, and “no surprises,” specifically on policy matters.

Oren explains that Obama first put daylight between the White House and Jerusalem by insisting early on in his presidency that Israel enforce a full settlement-construction freeze in large Jewish blocs in the West Bank and in “Jewish Jerusalem,” contrary to the policy of his predecessor, George W. Bush, who insisted these territories would be a part of Israel in any future deal with the Palestinians.

But Obama refused to censure the Palestinian leader, Mahmoud Abbas, when he “boycotted negotiations, reconciled with Hamas and sought statehood at the U.N. — all in violation of his commitments to the U.S.”

He never paid a price,” Oren said.

Additionally, Obama abandoned the principle Oren called “no surprises” when he first met with Netanyahu in 2009 and demanded the settlement freeze and support for a two-state solution, which Netanyahu eventually backed in a public speech at Bar-Ilan University in June 2009.

Around the same time, Obama traveled to the region but skipped Israel, speaking to the Muslim world from Cairo University, where he called the situation for Palestinians “intolerable,” spoke of the need for “two states,” and criticized the settlement enterprise for undermining peace efforts. The president also touted Iran’s right to nuclear power during that address.

And even though Netanyahu ordered a 10-month settlement freeze — the first since 1967 — and championed the two-state solution at Bar-Ilan, he received little credit from the U.S. president, said Oren.

Eventually, Israel would also discover that the U.S. had been secretly negotiating with its sworn enemy —  Iran — for months, which resulted in a nuclear agreement that most Israelis rejected. This surprise was compounded by Obama’s admission to an Israeli journalist that a military option could not fix the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, leaving many in Israel aghast.

“The U.S. has no substitute for the state that, though small, remains democratic, militarily and technologically robust, strategically located and unreservedly pro-American,” wrote Oren, encouraging an immediate redress to improve relations between the two countries.

Oren, who is also a historian and a current Knesset member for the Kulanu Party, will release a book called Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide this month.

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  • Jonah

    What reverend Wright or in this case reverend wrong…lets just call him a Plain wrong because he is no Reverend….well anyway what he has planned for America pales in comparison with what Obama has planned for Israel. I mean the White House must be tickled to death…I mean the worst case scenario for Obama at this time is that Only those in Tele Viv will be utterly destroyed. In his mind , god forbid, their may be survivors in Israel, which I’m sure he feels Isis can make short work of. I mean…he is onschedule…dialed in…his heart is racing…the soon destruction of Israel is in sight…in his eyes his “divine” purpose is soon to be accomplished…the destruction of America and Israel.

  • Two questions remain. First, why did Oren recommend against Netanyahu’s Congress speech? After all, the only way to stop Obama’s insane Iran deal was to warn Congress. Second, why did Oren in an interview with Ari Shavit say “Obama is a true friend and he is a most serious person and one shouldn’t underestimate him and his determination.”?

  • Kris Ktistian

    Obama Husein Osama bin Obama admitted in Cairo that he is Muslim
    According to Sharia, it is right for a Muslim to lie if it is to his benefit.
    What I do not understand is that so many US Jews voted for a Muslim president and still, after all the trouble he made for Israel, voted him back into the White House.
    I wonder if any of those US Jews havew been to see a psychologist. They must all be out of their minds.
    With the next presidential elections, I hope and pray that the witch Hilary Clinton will see her backside but not the WH
    She is no better than Obama.
    One must never forget how she treated Netanyau at Annanapolis, where she bowed down to the demands of the Arabs that Netanyahu must enter thrugh the side door.
    Then we must not forget her 30 minutes of scolding Netanyahu.
    Never forget how she was responsible for the murder of the US ambassador in Tunis?
    What about all her lies?
    She got the NY Jewish vote promising that she will protect Israel. But once she became a senator, she for her promice.

  • What do you expect from a Muslim. I just hope we make through 2016 without him making a more serious mistake than the many he’s already made.

  • Genghis Cohen

    It will be no surprise to Michael Oren that Barack Obama has always despised Israel, and I would guess that it is also no surprise that Mr. Obama has always despised the USA. Was not his mantra, along side Reverend Wright, “God damn America!”