Wrong move - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • r cummings
    • 20.10.09 | 17:47 (IST)

    A key job of any foreign ambassador is to cultivate good relationships with his fellow nationals in the country. Without doing so, how can he win friends and influence people, explain what the state is thinking, hear their concerns etc? This is a really poor move by Oren. He is happy enough to attend AIPAC functions and be buddy-buddy with them, so this is clearly a partisan, political decision. It says a lot about Israel that an important, democratic Jewish group that supports Israel BUT WANTS PEACE is promptly sidelined and snubbed. Oren needs to be reminded that an ambassador is not there as the representative of a political party, he is the representative of the state of Israel, which contains many strands of opinion. Someone needs to explain to Lieberman that's how this funny diplomacy business works.

    from the article: Israel envoy Michael Oren rejects J Street invite
    First published 17:23 20.10.09 | Last updated 22:29 20.10.09
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