State Department Denounces Oren’s Assertions

A spokesman for the State Department in Washington on Wednesday denounced what he called the “false” assertions by former Israeli ambassador and current MK Michael Oren, who said the Obama administration has abandoned Israel.


In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week, Oren, now a member of the Kulanu party, said President Barack Obama had dropped the core principles guiding Israeli-U.S. ties of “no daylight, no surprises.”


Oren, who served as ambassador from 2009 to 2013, acknowledged that Israel blundered in many instances, but added that “while neither leader monopolized mistakes, only one leader made them deliberately.”


“From the moment he entered office, Mr. Obama promoted an agenda of championing the Palestinian cause and achieving a nuclear accord with Iran. Such policies would have put him at odds with any Israeli leader,” Oren wrote.


On Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby insisted that as Oren had only been the ambassador, he “had limited visibility into many of the private discussions and deliberations that he describes.”


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