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Michael Oren

Israeli ambassador Michael Oren gets hero’s welcome in liberal enclave of Brooklyn

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Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren (center) poses with Rabbi Andy Bachman, on the right. (Photo: Alex Kane) Last night, Congregation Beth Elohim seemed to leave its grounded place in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn and zoomed its way into another universe. The universe of Michael Oren, that is–a place where Israel can

Why didn’t Dershowitz give up his American citizenship?

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Tell me if I’m wrong, but Dershowitz seems to get defensive on the dual-loyalty front at the beginning of this conversation with Eliot Spitzer on CNN. He confirms the rumor that Netanyahu “urged” him to be Israel’s UN ambassador, and says he “would have loved to do it” (and namedrops that it would have put

Oren: Colonization benefits Palestinians

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A howler from today’s NYT story about the expiration of the so-called settlement freeze: Israeli officials said that Mr. Netanyahu felt it important for his credibility not to extend the moratorium beyond 10 months. “It is a read-my-lips moment,” said Michael B. Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States. “This establishes credibility, not just

Oren uses Yom Kippur pulpit to warn D.C. faithful to back Israel whatever it does Iran

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I attended Yom Kippur services at Fuchsberg Jerusalem Center for Conservative Judaism. Speaking in English, the rabbi told the story of the scapegoat being sent out into the desert and said that its destination, Azazel, or the place of the demons, is used in the Israeli equivalent of “Go to hell.” “To Azazel,” Jews say in