Dr. Michael Oren, the former
Israeli ambassador to the U.S. who is currently a member of the Knesset
on the Kulanu list, published his new book this week and managed to
achieve every writer’s dream: It sparked an international uproar.
Oren issued a string of articles and lectures
to coincide with the launch of his book, “Ally: My Journey Across the
American-Israeli Divide,” thus maximizing interest in this memoir from
his time as ambassador (2009-2013). In his book he distills his views on
U.S. President Barack Obama and his attitude toward Israel, and
particularly his attitude toward Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin
Oren’s article in the Wall Street Journal
last week accusing Obama of “purposely damaging Israel-U.S. relations”
drew outrage from the White House and from its representative in Tel
Aviv, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who accused Oren of lying
and catalogued his book as fiction.
Q: What do you think sparked the personal attacks against you?
“I obviously touched a nerve. I presented the
truth, and the truth is not always easy to digest. It can hurt
sometimes. But we don’t have a choice – we have to address this truth.
The decision to take this path was not easy for me, it wasn’t
convenient, but this was the decision that I made.
"True, it would have been easier to stay
quiet. I could have avoided all the personal and direct attacks. It took
me a year and a half to write the book, but the decision to publish it
now, almost six months earlier than planned, was timed to encourage a
debate on the eve of the signing of the nuclear agreement with Iran.
"I was labeled as someone who doesn’t tell the
truth. But is it not true that they held secret talks with Iran for
seven months without notifying us? Come on. There are things that would
be very difficult to deny.”
read full interview here