State Department Rejects Michael Oren's anti-Obama Claims as 'False'

Ex-Israeli envoy’s claims that Obama ‘abandoned’ Israel motivated by Oren’s desire to promote new book, Kerry spokesman says.

ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid
Send in e-mailSend in e-mail
Then Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren during an interview in Washington, D.C., Aug. 15, 2012.
Then Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren during an interview in Washington, D.C., Aug. 15, 2012.Credit: Bloomberg
ברק רביד - צרובה
Barak Ravid

The U.S. State Department rejected accusations made by MK Michael Oren, Israel’s former ambassador to Washington, that U.S. President Barack Obama had deliberately abandoned Israel.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, State Department spokesman John Kirby attributed Oren’s statements in a recent Wall Street Journal article criticizing Obama’s policy toward Israel to “a politician trying to sell a book.”

Oren's new book, “Ally" is due to be released early next week.

Kirby said that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry believes Oren's statements on Obama's handling of Israel are "false" and "absolutely inaccurate," claiming that Oren had “limited visibility” into the true workings of U.S.-Israel diplomatic relations during his time as envoy to Washington.

Earlier Wednesday, Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon repudiated the article by Oren, who is a member of his Kulanu party. Kahlon sent a letter to U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro expressing deep appreciation for Obama and saying that Oren’s piece did not speak for himself or Kulanu.

On Tuesday, Kahlon received an angry telephone call from Shapiro sharply protesting Oren’s article, and asked Kahlon to clarify whether Oren’s piece represented his and his party’s positon.

Kahlon then summoned Oren for a talk, during which Oren made clear that he had no intention of apologizing for the claims he made in the article.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.
From $1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN


Charles Lindbergh addressing an America First Committee rally on October 3, 1941.

Ken Burns’ Brilliant ‘The U.S. and the Holocaust’ Has Only One Problem

The projected rise in sea level on a beach in Haifa over the next 30 years.

Facing Rapid Rise in Sea Levels, Israel Could Lose Large Parts of Its Coastline by 2050

Tal Dilian.

As Israel Reins in Its Cyberarms Industry, an Ex-intel Officer Is Building a New Empire

Queen Elizabeth II, King Charles III and a British synagogue.

How the Queen’s Death Changes British Jewry’s Most Distinctive Prayer

Newly appointed Israeli ambassador to Chile, Gil Artzyeli, poses for a group picture alongside Rabbi Yonatan Szewkis, Chilean deputy Helia Molina and Gerardo Gorodischer, during a religious ceremony in a synagogue in Vina del Mar, Chile last week.

Chile Community Leaders 'Horrified' by Treatment of Israeli Envoy

Queen Elizabeth attends a ceremony at Windsor Castle, in June 2021.

Over 120 Countries, but Never Israel: Queen Elizabeth II's Unofficial Boycott