US Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Ranking Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Saturday welcomed the appointment of Michael Oren to be the next Ambassador of Israel to the United States. "I first met Michael 20 years ago in one of my many trips to Israel when he was a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces," Ros-Lehtinen said. "Since then my husband, Dexter, and I have enjoyed a great friendship with him and his wife, Sally. He was also the Yale visiting professor of Middle East history of our youngest daughter. "Michael will be an outstanding ambassador for Israel, our strongest democratic partner in this troubled region," she said.