Michael Oren


Israel Felt Pain of 9/11 Terror Attacks With New Yorkers

By Michael Oren

Israel Felt Pain of 9/11 Terror Attacks With New Yorkers
America’s agony on 9/11 was intensely felt by Israelis. The attacks on the World Trade Center were unique in their scope and devastation.Read More


On Memorial Day, Reason to Remember

By Michael Oren

Sixty-six years ago this month, the war in Europe ended. My father, a corporal in a combat engineer company that had fought from Normandy through the Bulge, remembers looking up at a squadron of Allied bombers dropping leaflets over recently liberated territory. “Nazis Quit!” they read. He still has one of those leaflets, laminated, hanging on a wall in his home.Read More


We Weren’t Always United by Indissoluble Bonds

By Michael Oren

We Weren’t Always United by Indissoluble Bonds
On June 1, some 100,000 people are expected to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israeli independence at the annual Israel Day Parade in New York. And over the course of this year, as many as 30,000 young American Jews will visit Israel through Birthright, a program created to strengthen Israeli-Diaspora relations, and thousands more will come on educational exchanges and volunteer programs in distressed communities, kibbutzim and the army.Read More






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    • “This is a dangerous region, even for people who don’t live there and say, merely express the mildest of concern about the humanitarian tragedy of civilians who have nothing to do with the warring factions, only to catch a rash of *** (bleeped) from everyone who went to your bar mitzvah! Statute of limitations! Look, a $50 savings bond does not buy you a lifetime of criticism.”
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    • "Orwell described the cliches of politics as 'packets of aspirin ready at the elbow.' Israel's 'right to defense' is a harder narcotic."
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