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Amb. Oren concedes Israel's interference in U.S. politics

Ambassador Oren is prolific these days. In a letter to the editor of the New York Times published on April 11, he addresses a piece that appeared a few days earlier, entitled “A friendship dating to 1976 resonates in 2012“, describing the longtime friendship between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who worked together in Boston in the 1970’s.

Oren takes issue with the article’s “insinuation” that Israel interferes in American politics and stresses its appreciation of “wide bipartisan support.” But the article makes no such insinuation, and it is common knowledge that Netanyahu is well-aligned with the Republican party (i.e. Sheldon Adelson via Newt Gingrich), and that he has directly confronted and challenged President Obama on several occasions regarding Israeli settlement policies and conditions for negotiations.

The article discusses the development of Romney’s and Netanyahu’s friendship, their similar visions on running an economy, and focuses primarily on Romney’s admiration for Netanyahu.

“He was a strong personality with a distinct point of view,” Mr. Romney said. “I aspired to the same kind of perspective.”

Oren takes issue with the article’s mention of a phone call the two had on Super Tuesday where Netanyahu briefed Romney on the situation in Iran, pointing out that in fact Netanyahu was in Washington for the AIPAC conference and had spoken earlier to President Obama for “more than four hours.” So what if Netanyahu was in D.C. for AIPAC? The article isn’t trying to claim he went to D.C. especially to speak to Romney on the phone. Furthermore, since Romney and Netanyahu are in fact old colleagues, this article is standard fare considering Romney is now indeed the Republican hopeful for president.

If anything, the article demonstrates how much Israel has become a wedge issue in American politics, and about Mitt Romney’s questionable approach to foreign policy and obvious lack of understanding of the implications on America’s standing in the Middle East if it continues to support Israeli policies.

Mr. Romney has suggested that he would not make any significant policy decisions about Israel without consulting Mr. Netanyahu.

The fact that Oren felt the need to write such a letter to the editor and specifically assert that Israel does not interfere in American politics – when there was really no such indication in the article – only reveals just how much Oren and the Israeli leadership are aware of Israel’s invasive role in American politics.

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    1. miri

      US citizen Oren who is also Ambassador to the US, of another country — the native foreign ambassador who spoke at a California state U., and got students arrested and convicted for heckling him doesn’t interfere in US politics?

      Bibi confronts and challenges Obomba? It’s just a game.

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    2. yossi cohen

      972 can do good service by publicising the fact that contrary to Israeli law Oren did not renounce his American citizenship when he became the Israeli ambassador.

      972 should likewise request Oren to be loyal to Israel by deed and not only be word and publicly renounce his American citizenship.

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    3. “The fact that Oren felt the need to write such a letter to the editor and specifically assert that Israel does not interfere in American politics – when there was really no such indication in the article – only reveals just how much Oren and the Israeli leadership are aware of Israel’s invasive role in American politics.”

      Years ago, I wrote a letter which was (possibly edited) published in NYT and, amazingly!, answered by some Zionist big-shots who said, “even if we accepted the writer’s suggestion to end all aid to Israel” — although (in this letter anyhow) I’d made no such suggestion.

      Happens all the time. These guys have their own points to make, axes to grind. Actually reading what someone else wrote only gets in the way.

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    4. caden

      That’s pretty rich coming from a mondoweiss regular.

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    5. XYZ

      Doesn’t the US interfere regularly in Israeli internal affairs. Remember Clinton sending James Carville and the rest of the gang to help Barak be elected in 1999 (for all the good it did for them-No Nobel Prize to make people forget Monica Levinsky)? Remember on the night that Barak won the election Clinton said “I feel like a kid with a new toy”?

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    6. annie

      just my hunch, but I think the pt of oren mentioning the super tuesday phone call was because the framing of “Mr. Netanyahu delivered a personal briefing” read as tho netanyahu initiated the phone call and oren wanted us to know he didn’t. it was a who called who little factoid.
      when romney gave an interview to Israel Hayom these were his words:”ROMNEY: The actions that I will take will be actions recommended and supported by Israeli leaders. I don’t seek to take actions independent of what our allies think is best, and if Israel’s leaders thought that a move of that nature would be helpful to their efforts, then that’s something I’ll be inclined to do. But again, that’s a decision which I would look to the Israeli leadership to help guide. I don’t think America should play the role of the leader of the peace process, instead we should stand by our ally. Again, my inclination is to follow the guidance of our ally Israel, as to where our facilities and embassies would exist.” iow romney did a lot worse than just ‘suggest’ he would not make any significant policy decisions about Israel without consulting Mr. Netanyahu. this is a case of too much feet licking and completely unbecoming for a person running for a leadership role in american politics. no one is going to be forgetting romney said this during the election cycle. i am very excited about an election process where people actually argue over israel. neither obama or romney will, they will just declare their devotion over and over. but the people will, finally. i’m sure oren is trying to stave off the argument.

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    7. klang

      so, Obama was friends with Rahm Emanuel, whose father fought for Israel. Big whoop

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    8. It looks to me that Big Buffoun is making the Israeli demands on the Obama Administration such that the Republican candidate can gain a foothold amongst Jewish voters, like ChabAd hiding some mystical devotin to the Republicans; including the making him deny Pollard’s request in such a scandalous light – because the President once pardoned their Florida fiend from serving a sentence in a different BB. Dare to stand up for liberty and justice measured by wide lens on history and know the facists can’t help humanity no matter what they promise.

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    9. caden

      Annie, I reiterate, You, Phil, and his merry band of psychos are obsessed about Jews. But not other people are

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    10. It is hard to see how Oren and the Israeli government could have more influence on the US government than international Zionist plutocrats like Adelson or Saban.

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    11. GilGamish

      Marirav, the fact that Oren writes a letter that corrects some of the facts in the article proves that Oren “concedes Israel’s interference in U.S. politics” ? That’s silly.
      However the fact that you would make that your headline for this article proves that the journalism your interested in is yellow.

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