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WATCH | Michael Oren: Israel Can't Bank on Abbas for Peace; It Needs to Take Actions Now, Alone

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In this episode of "The Candidates," Aimee Amiga speaks to Israel's former ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren (Kulanu), who in these elections is running for the first time to become an elected official.

Oren answers the tough questions about Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to the U.S. Congress and the impact his rift with U.S. President Barack Obama will have on Israel's strategic ties with the United States.

Amiga then asks him about the issues of settlements and peace with the Palestinians. Oren describes what unilateral moves Israel should take to lay the groundwork for a two-state solution, why he believes Abbas is not currently a partner for peace, and what demand he believes the Palestinians will have to forego in order to reach a peace deal.

Finally, the former ambassador explains why – on a personal level – he chose to get into politics.

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Former Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren.Credit: Bloomberg