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Monday, October 19, 2009

Rosner: Oren should go to J Street gala

Shmuel Rosner believes that Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren should go to the J Street gala:
My call: Oren should go, and explain publicly, in advance, that his only goal is to explain why J Street can't be considered "friendly" by the government of Israel. He should do it carefully (this is really an internal American debate), but also unabashedly. It should take no more than ten minutes, and he can leave after he's done. J street will not be able to claim that it was "boycotted", and will also not be able to claim that Oren's attendance means more "legitimacy" (because the explanation for his attendance will be given in advance). The message Oren wants to send will be sent. "Good evening ladies and gentlemen, and thank you for having me. I'm here to explain why the policies advocated by your organization will not serve Israel's best interest, and will not be considered constructive by the government of Israel - the body representing the will of the Israel people..." Yes, it will be somewhat impolite. Israelis are well-known for being impolite.
Hmmm. Would J Street let him get away with that? Look what happened to Ehud Olmert in Chicago last week. I doubt Oren would get away with speaking like that. Sorry, but no.


At 2:12 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Shmuel Rosner can be an idiot sometimes. There is NO reason Israel's government would want to legitimate a group that's both pro-Obama and openly hostile to Israel. The further Israel keeps its distance from J-Street, the more discredited it becomes within the American Jewish Community. No good would be served by Ambassador Oren's attendance at its gala.


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