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Michael Oren Says Elements of US-Israeli Relationship Are in ‘Tatters’ (INTERVIEW)

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Michael Oren's new book, 'Ally,' describes an Israel-U.S. alliance "in tatters." Photo: Screenshot.

Michael Oren’s new book, ‘Ally,’ describes an Israel-U.S. alliance “in tatters.” Photo: Screenshot.

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013, chose to give his book on that period in Washington the catchy title Ally. But this new memoir — an unprecedented case of a former public servant so quickly writing up sometimes intimate revelations on acutely sensitive core issues — does not describe an alliance at all.

The U.S.-born former diplomat, who is now a Knesset member for the Kulanu party, notes in his foreword that the Hebrew term for “ally” is ben brit — literally “the son of the covenant.” And what he documents is actually the breaching of a covenant, the collapse of an alliance — an accumulated arc of abandonment by the Obama administration, and most especially the president himself, of Israel.

Read full story at The Times of Israel.

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