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Oren's memoir drama hurts Israel

At this highly sensitive diplomatic period, when Israel needs US support in the international arena, former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren saw fit to promote his new book by lashing out at President Barack Obama.
Ambassador of Israel to the United States Michael B. Oren speaks during an event to commemorate Holocaust victims and survivors in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington April 19, 2012.    REUTERS/Benjamin Myers   (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR30Y9R
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By sheer coincidence, on the day that The Wall Street Journal ran an article by Knesset member Michael Oren headlined “How Obama Abandoned Israel," the leading headline of Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth announced that US President Barack Obama had invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House for an official visit in July. If Netanyahu is right and the negotiations with Iran end in a “bad deal” — from Israel's point of view — this gesture of reconciliation will be by way of too little, too late.

Nonetheless, the invitation to Washington will lift the restraining order that has kept the prime minister away from the White House and provide an opportunity to improve the relationship between the two men.

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