This Time Oren is Right

David Rubin,

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David Rubin
David Rubin is former mayor of Shiloh, Israel. He is founder and president of Shiloh Israel Children"s Fund, and the author of five books, including The Islamic Tsunami and his latest, More Sparks From Zion. For more info, click on these links: or

After leaving the ambassadorship in Washington, DC, Michael Oren (now an MK in the Kulanu party) unofficially began his political career by promoting a plan for unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the mountains of Judea and Samaria. This suicidal proposal has been thankfully ignored by the recently elected government, of which Oren’s party is now an integral part. When that “land for terror” proposal was foolishly suggested about two years ago, I was quick to criticize the historian’s failure to learn from history, referring, of course, to Israel’s disastrous unilateral withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, which predictably brought war and terrorism to new heights, from Hamas-controlled Gaza to the cities of Israel.  

For that reason, I was pleasantly surprised to read about Oren’s recent and very candid recollections and analysis of his time in Washington, DC, as Israeli Ambassador. He shocked the Obama administration and indeed, many Knesset members, with his “revelation” that President Barack Obama has intentionally and methodically shifted America’s foreign relations away from Israel and towards the Islamic world. Furthermore, in a Foreign Policy essay entitled "How Obama Opened His Heart to the 'Muslim World,'" Oren asserts that Obama's obsession with the Muslim world stems from the Islam-practicing father who abandoned him, as well as the political worldview that he held long before he entered the White House.

While it’s true that I already had written extensively about Obama’s family and political background in my book, The Islamic Tsunami: Israel and America in the Age of Obama, the very fact that these disturbing truths are now being written about and confirmed by Mr. Oren is commendable. Ambassadors and politicians tend to fear direct ex‎pressions of truth, for they are trained to think first about which world leader might be offended. While certainly understandable, this tendency to always play it safe, so as not to offend, often appears to both our allies and our enemies as deceptive or hypocritical.

While we Israelis are very respectful of the positive historical relationship that we have had with the United States as a country, there is no need to pussyfoot around issues or to lie about the genuine hostility that we have experienced from this White House, both in words and in actions. By very publicly revealing some of that truth, Oren has brought a refreshing candor to our international political discourse, in which honest ex‎pression often seems to be permitted for all, except Israel. Let’s hope that the candor will lead to positive steps from the White House to prove that the Israeli perceptions are mistaken.