Oren denies describing bleak US-Israel relations

By JTA
June 29, 2010 10:02




Israel's ambassador to the United States denied reports
that he called the relationship between Israel and the U.S. a 'tectonic
rift.'

Michael Oren on a visit to Israel last week reportedly told Israeli
diplomats during a briefing that Jerusalem and Washington are like
"continents drifting apart," Haaretz reported Sunday. The newspaper cited
five unnamed Israeli diplomats as saying that Oren described relations
between Israel and the U.S. as grim.

"I said shift, not rift, but that may be a subtlety that escaped the Israeli
ear," Oren told the Washington Post about the briefing, given in Hebrew at
the Israeli Foreign Ministry.

Oren reportedly told the diplomats that he has good access to the
administration, but that "Obama has very tight control over his immediate
environment, and it is hard to influence him."

"This is a one-man show," Oren reportedly said.


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