Was Barack Obama a friend or foe?

Former ambassador and Minister Michael Oren talks about the Obama years from an Israeli perspective.

Naor Meningher and Eytan Weinstein,

Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu
Barack Obama, Binyamin Netanyahu
Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash 90

“Unshakable and unbreakable”. Those two words were used by the Obama administration to describe the special, intimate relationship between Israel and the United States.

When Michael Oren found himself, almost against all odds, serving as Israel’s ambassador to the US in 2009, he found out sooner rather than later the these relations were, in fact, very shakable, and maybe even breakable. His impossible job was to prevent that from happening.

Promising change and peace, Obama entered the white house with a burst of optimism, and some might argue, arrogance. To Michael Oren, the Obama administration and its relations with Israel and Prime Minister Netanyahu, shaped to be the greatest challenge of his life.

In his book titled “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide”, Oren depicts the almost unimaginable chain of events that took place during his 4.5 year term as an ambassador.

Since this January marks one year to the end of the Obama era, we thought it was a good opportunity to recap, look at the Obama years from a distance, and discuss his legacy.

Michael Oren joins us to talk about the Obama years from an Israeli perspective.




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