Israeli ambassador Michael Oren was in Seattle this week. The Seattle Times caught up with him:
Oren also portrays Israel as a country under siege. He says the threats include a hostile Iranian regime seeking to build nuclear weapons, Hezbollah missiles that can reach all over Israel and evidence of an al-Qaida presence in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
“If you are a terrorist, Sinai is heaven for you,” Oren said Wednesday during a visit to Seattle. “It is extremely rugged terrain. You can hide a lot.”…
In an interview Wednesday at The Seattle Times, Oren touched on a range of issues, including concerns about the fate of a three-decade long peace with Egypt that has enabled “us to beat many of our sword into plowshares.”
Oren said the Arab Spring, which he preferred to call the “upheaval” has resulted in political parties in the Egyptian parliament whose leaders regularly refer to Israel as the enemy.
And what about the Egyptian people’s right to choose their leaders? Does that matter to someone who claims to love democracy? That treaty and American military aid helped to preserve a dictatorship in Egypt.