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Israel, are you a real state?

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Michael Oren has made himself a laughingstock by starting an investigation into whether the Tamimi family of Nabi Saleh is “a real family”, because they wear baseball caps backward. The more important question is whether Israel is a real country; and it gets harder and harder to believe that it is.

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

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On Monday, Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to the United States, addressed a packed house at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Throughout the talk, Oren painted a picture of a blameless Israel, where a belligerent occupation, radical and racist settlers and the crippling blockade on Gaza didn’t exist. Above, Oren (center) poses with Rabbi Andy Bachman, on the right.

Why didn’t Dershowitz give up his American citizenship?

Philip Weiss on

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

Matthew Taylor on

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

Philip Weiss on

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 […]