Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman decided to appoint Michael Oren as Israeli’s ambassador to the United States, Israel Radio reported Saturday evening.
The report stated that Oren will replace Ambassador Sallai Meridor in the coming weeks.
This is wonderful news. Dr. Michael Oren (Ph.D in Near East Studies) was born in the US and is an excellent, powerful speaker in English. An expert in the Mideast conflict but not an ideologue, he’ll serve as a antidote to the poisonous vapors arising from Obama advisors like Samantha Power.
I heard Ambassador Meridor interviewed on NPR during the Gaza war. They made mincemeat out of him; he came off as apologetic and evasive at the same time. This will never happen to Oren.
I recommend Oren’s book Power, Faith and Fantasy, an account of US relations with the Middle East since American independence, to everyone.