New York – Former Israeli Ambassador To U.S. Criticizes American Jewish Liberals

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    FILE - Former 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 MyersNew York – The former Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, states in his new book “Ally” that the anti-Israel coverage that comes from American media is largely due to Jewish journalists, and condemns President Obama and American Jewish liberals.

    In the book – due to be released next week – Oren says that the claim, “Jews control the media” is anti-Semitic, but then goes on to say that the large number of

    Jews in print and on screen “rarely translates into support for Israel. The opposite is often the case, as some American Jewish journalists flag their Jewishness as a credential for criticizing Israel. ‘I’m Jewish,’ some even seem to say, ‘but I’m not one of those Jews – the settlers, the rabbis, Israeli leaders, or the soldiers of the IDF,’” according to Haaretz (http://bit.ly/1HTdsgo).

    Oren questions why American Jewish journalists don’t show more support for Netanyahu and aren’t “impressed” by him and his past as Israel’s leader, stating, his resume “reads more glowingly than even the most sterling of the Obama administration’s CV’s.”

    Oren blames Jewish journalists for Israel being held to higher standards than other countries, and says that the op-ed page in the New York Times, The New Yorker and the New York Review of Books rarely run “non-incriminating” reports on Israel.

    When discussing why Jews would assail their own state, the former ambassador states that some Jews saw attacking Israel as a way to move their career forward, or compared others to “upper class American Jews of German ancestry” and their disdain for Eastern European Jewish immigrants, “the Yiddish speaking rabble who allegedly made all Jews look bad.”

    Oren says others who had adapted where they lived were angry for Israel “further complicating their already conflicted identity.”

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