Who is afraid of Michael Oren? The plot thickens
By SETH J. FRANTZMAN
“An angry phone call from US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro to Benjamin Netanyahu, asking the Israeli prime minister to renounce Oren’s ideas in a public statement, according to a report.”
How come the US administration is so afraid of an oped in the Wall Street Journal? I mean, really, why is it the US is so angry at the opinion of one Israeli politician from a junior coalition partner in the government? So, he was a former ambassador, but why should the Prime Minister “disavow” an opinion, a critique?
What happened to Obama’s speeches about how because Israel and the US are such close allies they must be hones to one another?
Remember Obama said in May at the synagogue: “So when I hear some people say that disagreements over policy belie a general lack of support of Israel, I must object, and I object forcefully…For us to paper over difficult questions, particularly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict or about settlement policy, that’s not a true measure of friendship.”
So what the US means is that the US President and State Department doesn’t have to “paper over” differences, but even an average Israeli politician who dares to critique the US must be “disavowed.”
This says a lot about the US administration’s mentality. It is more afraid of one oped, than of anything else. When one reads the Hilary emails released by the Freedom of Information act, one finds a similar obsession with critique of Benghazi in the WSJ. What is it about a little critique that ruffles feathers?
If the Obama admin thinks the Oren comments are not true then it can ignore them. US officials accused Oren of trying sell books, but if they really believed that then why add to the sales pitch? Maybe it is because they are so close to the mark that they want them censored and papered over and disavowed? Think about it. Who is afraid of Michael Oren?