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Israeli Ambassador to US Hosts Ramadan Meal

Israeli ambassador to the US honors Ramadan as Gaza Islamists attack Israeli civilians.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/26/2011, 10:53 AM

Michael Oren
Michael Oren
Flash 90

Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren hosted a dinner Thursday honoring the Muslim holiday of Ramadan. The event took place as Islamist terrorists in Gaza launched at least 17 rockets and mortar shells at civilians in Israel's south.

Oren's guests included officials from the White House, Congress and the State Department as well as imams and rabbis.

The dinner included time for traditional Muslim prayers to be recited. The food was prepared with supervision by a Muslim chef to ensure it would meet Muslim dietary requirements.

“There's a lot of misinformation about Israel and we want to show we're open to dialogue and reconciliation,” Oren told CNN. “We can begin to build bridges on an interpersonal level.”

On Wednesday, President Shimon Peres visited a mosque in Akko in honor of Ramadan, three days after hosting an iftar post-fast meal in Jerusalem. “Religious faiths have a negative attitude towards terror,” Peres claimed during his visit.