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Michael Oren: U.S.-Israel Alliance Beyond Obama-Netanyahu Rift

By    |   Sunday, 01 Mar 2015 12:47 PM

The alliance between Israel and the United States is far beyond the "relationship between any president and any single prime minister," Israel's former ambassador to the United States Michael Oren said Sunday.

"I think it's clear that this is not the relationship that [Yitzhak] Rabin had with Bill Clinton nor that George Bush had with Ariel Sharon, and there are many differences, many reasons, many of them ideological," Oren told CNN "State of the Union" host Dana Bash. "I think at this point we should all take a deep breath and get beyond it. Stop playing a blame game and recognize that the U.S./Israel alliance is one of the most multi-faceted, deepest friendships in the world."

Oren, who is seeking a Parliament seat, is not part of the same party that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu represents, and he admits that he and the nation's leaders have a lot of differences in housing, economy and the peace process.

"Yes, I did say publicly that the prime minister could speak somewhere else, perhaps not intercede between the White House and the Congress or between Democrats and Republicans," said Oren. But on Iran, there is "no daylight between Prime Minister Netanyahu and me."

"We all see Iran with nuclear arms as an existential threat," he said. Iran has taken over four countries in the Middle East, and is "complicit in the murder of 200,000 Syrians."

Further, he pointed out, last week the Iranian Navy "practiced blowing up a U.S. aircraft carrier...this is not a country that anybody wants to see have the ability, even in the future, to create a nuclear weapon."

But when it comes to Netanyahu and President Barack Obama, Oren believes the two men have "very different ideological worldviews."

On the issue of Iran, Obama has been quoted saying Iran is not North Korea, while Netanyahu said the country is worse than 50 North Koreas, said Oren, and "that is a very different worldview."

The relations between Netanyahu and the Obama administration, though, have also become very personal.

"There have been things said about Prime Minister Netanyahu from White House sources that I can't even repeat on national television," said Oren. But still, he believes, "the United States and Israel are going to be allied very closely," whether or not a deal is signed with Iran.

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