A former aide to US President Barack Obama criticized Israel’s former ambassador to the US, Michael Oren, for writing “a caricature” filled with “exaggerations and distortions.”
Philip Gordon, who once served Obama as the White House point man on the Middle East, wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post on Saturday taking Oren to task for his new book Ally, which takes a highly critical view of Obama’s attitude and policy toward Israel.
The former envoy to Washington, who entered politics and is now a lawmaker with the Kulanu party, accused Obama of endorsing the Palestinian position on the 1967 lines in 2011 and by so doing altering more than 40 years of American policy without prior consultation with Israel.
“Israel felt abandoned, I was to say. And that is no way to treat an ally,” he wrote.
Oren has marketed his book as a first-hand account of “mistrust, mistakes and missed opportunities” that he saw as ambassador from 2009 to 2013, with “Obama in the role of bully in chief.”
The former ambassador said that Obama violated the “no daylight” axiom of Israeli-US relations which states that no disagreements be made public.