Michael Oren: Obama's Outreach to Muslim World Could Be Rooted in Father Abandonment Issues

In latest attack on U.S. president, former Israeli envoy to U.S. takes Obama to task for 'boycotting' Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher memorial in Paris.

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Michael Oren, then-ambassador to the U.S., smiles during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., Aug. 15, 2012.
Michael Oren, then-ambassador to the U.S., smiles during an interview in Washington, D.C., U.S., Aug. 15, 2012. Credit: Bloomberg
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In his latest op-ed published ahead of his upcoming book release, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and current Kulanu MK Michael Oren speculated that U.S. President Barack Obama's continued outreach to the Muslim world may stem from the abandonment by his mother's two Muslim husbands.

"In addition to its academic and international affairs origins, Obama’s attitudes toward Islam clearly stem from his personal interactions with Muslims," Oren wrote in a Foreign Policy op-ed published Friday.

"I could imagine how a child raised by a Christian mother might see himself as a natural bridge between her two Muslim husbands. I could also speculate how that child’s abandonment by those men could lead him, many years later, to seek acceptance by their co-religionists."

Oren also took Obama to task for "boycotting" the memorial in Paris following January's Charlie Hebdo and Hyper Cacher kosher market attacks.

"Simply put: The president could not participate in a protest against Muslim radicals whose motivations he sees as a distortion, rather than a radical interpretation, of Islam," Oren wrote.

"And if there are no terrorists spurred by Islam, there can be no purposely selected Jewish shop or intended Jewish victims, only a deli and randomly present folks."

The op-ed is Oren's latest attack against Obama ahead of the relaese of his memoir "Ally," reflecting his experiences as ambassador. Last week, Oren wrote an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal claiming that the U.S. president 'deliberately abandoned Israel.'

After the article was published, current U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro blasted Oren's "imaginary account of what happened," calling him "a politician and an author who wants to sell books." The U.S. State Department echoed these statements.

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, the head of Oren's Kulanu party, repudiated Oren's Wall Street Journal article in a letter to Shapiro, expressing deep appreciation for Obama and saying that Oren's piece does not speak for Kulanu.

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