ADL Condemns Oren's 'Unjustified' Attack on Obama

ADL issues sharp rebuke of former ambassador for 'insensitive' essay on Obama, says Oren is veering into realm of 'conspiracy theories.'

Cynthia Blank ,

MK and former Ambassador to the US Michael Oren
MK and former Ambassador to the US Michael Oren

The heat surrounding MK Michael Oren (Kulanu) grew stronger on Monday as the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) attacked his most recent article on US President Barack Obama, calling it both "unjustified and insensitive." 

In an essay published in Foreign Policy Magazine on Friday, Oren argued "historians will likely look back at Obama’s policy toward Islam with a combination of curiosity and incredulousness," calling the President "detached from a....lethal reality."

Even more controversial was the former Israeli ambassador's theory that Obama's obsession with the Muslim world stems from the Islam-practicing father who abandoned him.

Urging the MK to retract his statement, ADL National Director Abraham H. Foxman condemned Oren for appearing to use "the very legitimate and sharp policy disagreements between Israel and the US as an insensitive and unjustified attack on the president."

While noting it was at times both "legitimate and appropriate" to criticize the policies of Obama's administration, Foxman argued "Oren’s essay...veers into the realm of conspiracy theories."

"With an element of amateur psychoanalysis he links US policies in the Middle East to the president’s personal history of having a Muslim father. Then, taking it a step further by suggesting this “worldview” of Muslims and Islam has driven the president to embrace the Muslim world at the expense of both Israel and US national security interests." 

"This results in borderline stereotyping and insensitivity," Foxman charged. "We hope that Ambassador Oren will walk back these unjustified attacks."