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David Bedein: Illusions and Delusions of Former Israeli Ambassador to the US in the Wall Street Journal

by David Bedein, Israel News Investigations, March 19, 2015


Illusions and Delusions of Michael Oren in the Wall Street Journal:  a new Israeli politician with a "new approach".



Michael Oren, an American born Israeli academic, former Israel ambassador to the US, has just been elected to  the Knesset on the ticket of  Kulanu, a new political party that garnered ten seats. 




During his political campaign, Oren has positioned himself as a specialist in diplomatic matters




Yet Oren's perspective on developing events seems to lack a grasp of reality. 




?In Oren's recent piece, ?
"The Case For a 'Two state situation', published in the Wall Street Journal on February 26, 2015*, th
new Israeli politician's "new approach"  
?is shown to be filled with 
illusions and delusions. 


Oren incorrectly writes that "Israeli soldiers don’t patrol the major Palestinian cities of Ramallah, Nablus, Jenin, Jericho and Bethlehem, & are largely absent from other towns" .


Oren does not report that  ever since the Israel Defense Forces "Operation Defensive Shield" in  April 2002, Israeli forces are strategically deployed in and around all Palestinian population centers, to prevent Palestinian incursions and mortar attacks into Israeli cities from Judea or Samaria.


Every night, the IDF patrols Arab villages, without fan fare or great publicity.


If the Palesinian Authority were to achieve independence, the IDF would not be able to conduct daily patrols in and around Palestinian population centers.


Oren does not report why Palestinians stopped firing from Beit Jalla (near Bethlehem) in the direction of Gilo, the southernmost  neighborhood of Jerusalem.


Simply put, IDF quietly patrols in Beit Jalla which prevents these attacks.


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