Saturday, July 4, 2015

Dr. Zogby reviews Michael Oren's book

Michael Oren is a former Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. who has recently written a very controversial book - Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. He is very critical of the Obama administration and  liberal American Jews.


Dr. James Zogby has done an excellent job in analyzing the book.


Oren accuses Obama of betraying Israel by violating what he claims are the two principles that have long governed U.S.-Israeli relations: that there be "no surprises" and "no daylight" between the public positions taken by leaders of either country. He accuses Obama of betraying Israel by violating what he claims are the two principles that have long governed U.S.-Israeli relations: that there be "no surprises" and "no daylight" between the public positions taken by leaders of either country.
According to Oren, Obama violated these principles when he failed to provide Netanyahu with an advance copy of his Cairo Address to the Muslim World and when, in 2011, Obama announced that the 1967 borders (with mutually agreeable land-swaps) should be the basis for a lasting Israeli-Palestinian peace. He accuses him of harboring anti-American ideas and not fully appreciating "American exceptionalism" (a strange charge coming from Oren, who renounced his American citizenship to become an Israeli diplomat and politician). "And he indulges in demeaning amateur psychology suggesting that the President's outreach to the Muslim World was prompted by his need to become reconciled with his two estranged fathers (one who was Kenyan, the other Indonesian)," writes Dr Zogby.


Oren also focuses significant attention on liberal U.S. Jews in media and in government who are critical of Israel. He accuses them of being insecure, self-promoters, and/or self-haters.


You can read Dr. Zogby's analysis by clicking here.

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