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New York - Former Israeli Ambassador To U.S. Criticizes American Jewish Liberals

Published on: June 17, 2015 05:13 PM
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FILE - Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael B. Oren speaks during an event to commemorate Holocaust victims and survivors in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington April 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Benjamin MyersFILE - Former Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael B. Oren speaks during an event to commemorate Holocaust victims and survivors in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington April 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Benjamin Myers

New York - The former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, states in his new book “Ally” that the anti-Israel coverage that comes from American media is largely due to Jewish journalists, and condemns President Obama and American Jewish liberals.

In the book – due to be released next week – Oren says that the claim, “Jews control the media” is anti-Semitic, but then goes on to say that the large number of

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Jews in print and on screen “rarely translates into support for Israel. The opposite is often the case, as some American Jewish journalists flag their Jewishness as a credential for criticizing Israel. ‘I’m Jewish,’ some even seem to say, ‘but I’m not one of those Jews – the settlers, the rabbis, Israeli leaders, or the soldiers of the IDF,’” according to Haaretz (http://bit.ly/1HTdsgo).

Oren questions why American Jewish journalists don’t show more support for Netanyahu and aren’t “impressed” by him and his past as Israel’s leader, stating, his resume “reads more glowingly than even the most sterling of the Obama administration’s CV’s.”

Oren blames Jewish journalists for Israel being held to higher standards than other countries, and says that the op-ed page in the New York Times, The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books rarely run “non-incriminating” reports on Israel.

When discussing why Jews would assail their own state, the former ambassador states that some Jews saw attacking Israel as a way to move their career forward, or compared others to “upper class American Jews of German ancestry” and their disdain for Eastern European Jewish immigrants, “the Yiddish speaking rabble who allegedly made all Jews look bad.”

Oren says others who had adapted where they lived were angry for Israel “further complicating their already conflicted identity.”


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 Jun 17, 2015 at 06:17 PM ayoyo Says:

He ain't far from the truth

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 07:49 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Oh this will be a fun storm to watch. Oren needs to look back at the kitchen cabinet of right-wing low educated, corrupt ministers that Natanyahu assembled. The image of Israel has plummeted thanks to Natanyahu and his embarrassing wing-nut subordinates who have no clue how international relations works.

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 09:02 PM jjcholov Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Oh this will be a fun storm to watch. Oren needs to look back at the kitchen cabinet of right-wing low educated, corrupt ministers that Natanyahu assembled. The image of Israel has plummeted thanks to Natanyahu and his embarrassing wing-nut subordinates who have no clue how international relations works.

Governing a country is diffrent then running for class president you have to do what's in your countrys best intrests not try to please those who don't care about your intrests

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 01:16 AM Mazal1 Says:

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ayoyo Says:

He ain't far from the truth

Jews run the world and beyond

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 03:37 AM BarryLS1 Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Oh this will be a fun storm to watch. Oren needs to look back at the kitchen cabinet of right-wing low educated, corrupt ministers that Natanyahu assembled. The image of Israel has plummeted thanks to Natanyahu and his embarrassing wing-nut subordinates who have no clue how international relations works.

It boggles the mind how Jews loath themselves to blame us for the actions of an anti-semetic world, led by Obama.

Israel has risked its security and the lives of our people to make peace. The other side never gave an inch and we are to blame? Demands are only made of us.

What is your definition of "enlightened?" Sounds more like liberal stupidity at play.

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 05:25 AM qazxc Says:

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jjcholov Says:

Governing a country is diffrent then running for class president you have to do what's in your countrys best intrests not try to please those who don't care about your intrests

Disregarding all considerations other than national self interest is often a prescription for international conflict.

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 10:46 AM Anonymous Says:

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qazxc Says:

Disregarding all considerations other than national self interest is often a prescription for international conflict.

Just ask Putin!

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 11:58 AM lavrenty Says:

the man speaks the truth but in Israel, parties like Meretz arent much different from NY Times.

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 12:31 PM puppydogs Says:

He's not to far off, if he would also criticize American Non-Jewish Liberals such as Obama and his cronies he would be spot on.

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 Jun 18, 2015 at 06:16 PM Rafuel Says:

‘I'm Jewish,’ some even seem to say, ‘but I'm not one of those Jews – the settlers, the rabbis, Israeli leaders, or the soldiers of the IDF...’

I've heard it enough time from people of dubious Jewishness, aka modern something or other.

"I am Jewish, but not a blackhat."
"I am Jewish, but not a chareidi."
"I am Jewish, but not extreme."
"I am Jewish, I am just not looking for chumros."

Sounds familiar? Then note: Any resemblance to real persons is purely coincidental.

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