Statesman, historian, and parliamentarian, Ambassador Michael Oren has devoted his life to serving Israel and the Jewish people around the world.
As a Member of Knesset and Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, he interacted with foreign leaders and defended Israel in the media. He spearheaded efforts to strengthen Israel-Diaspora relations, to develop the Golan Heights, and to fight BDS. As Chairman of a classified subcommittee, he dealt with some of Israel’s most sensitive security issues.
Prior to that, for nearly five years, Oren served as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States. He was instrumental in obtaining US defense aid, especially for the Iron Dome system, and American loan guarantees for Israel’s economy. He built bridges with diverse communities across the nation, wrote dozens of op-eds and conducted hundreds of media interviews, fortifying the U.S.-Israel alliance.
A graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Dr. Oren was a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. He holds four honorary doctorates and was awarded the Statesman of the Year Medal by the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and the Dr. Martin Luther King Legacy Prize for International Service. His last three books—Six Days of War, Power, Faith, and Fantasy, and Ally: My Journal Across the American-Israel Divide—were all New York Times bestsellers. He received the Los Angeles Times History Book of the Year Award, a National Humanities prize, and the Jewish Book Award.
Frequently interviewed by the U.S. and international press, he has had appeared on the Stephen Colbert and Bill Maher shows, 60 Minutes, and the View. He was the Middle East analyst for CBS and CNN.
Raised in New Jersey, Michael Oren made aliya in the 1970s, was an emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union and won two gold medals in the Maccabiah Games. In the Israel Defense Forces, he served as a Lone Soldier in the paratroopers and as an IDF Spokesman, participating in several wars and reaching the rank of major. He established the Lone Soldier caucus in the Knesset.
Michael Oren was named by Politico as one of the fifty most influential thinkers in America, by the Forward as one of the five most influential Jews in America, and by the Jerusalem Post as one of the ten most influential Jews worldwide.
Currently, he is writing a book about Israel’s War of Independence. Michael is the father of three and grandfather of five and lives in Jaffa.
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Conversations with History: Michael B. OrenHost Harry Kreisler welcomes historian and novelist Michael Oren for a discussion of the search for truth in his historical studies and in his novels. He reflects on the skills and temperament required to do history and fiction focusing on his study of the six day war in the Middle East and his novel Reunion. Series: Conversations with History [3/2006] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 11353]
Michael Oren: Power, Faith, and Fantasy U.S. and Middle EastMichael B. Oren, Senior Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jeruslam, specializes in the diplomatic and military history of the Middle East. He has written extensively for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The New Republic, of which he is a contributing editor. Oren discusses his book – Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present. Series: Herman P. and Sophia Taubman Endowed Symposia in Jewish Studies [3/2008] [Public Affairs] [Humanities] [Show ID: 14181]
Amb. Michael Oren: US-Israel RelationsMichael Oren, Israels Ambassador to the United States, recounts the long history of shared goals between the US and Israel and outlines how the two countries can work together for peace in the Middle East. He also addresses concerns raised about Israels treatment of Palestinians in this event sponsored by the student group Tritons for Israel at UC San Diego. Series: Helen Edison Lecture Series [3/2010] [Public Affairs] [Show ID: 18018]
America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present | Michael Oren | Talks at GoogleThe Authors@Google program was happy to welcome Michael Oren to speak on his newest book “Power, Faith and Fantasy: America in the Middle East 1776 to the Present”
Michael Oren is a renowned scholar on the Middle East whose previous books have received much acclaim including “Six Days of War” which won the Los Angeles Times Book Award and also made the New York Times bestseller list. In addition to his many historical books he is also known for his fiction.
Many European countries have long explored and documented their historic relationship with the Middle East, but Oren found such an account lacking in the American canon. His most recent book “Power, Faith and Fantasy” attempts to rectify this oversight by beginning with a look at the 18th century and then leads the reader up into the increasing complex present day.
This event took place on February 5, 2008 at the Google NYC office.
“The U.S.-Israel Relationship” with Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Michael OrenA graduate of Princeton and Columbia, Ambassador Michael Oren has received fellowships from the U.S. Departments of State and Defense, and from the British and Canadian governments. Formerly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow Hebrew University, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-Aviv University, and the Distinguished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown.
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Dr. Michael Oren with Jonathan Rosen on Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli DivideThe close friendship between the US and Israel is unique in the world—and crucial to the security of both nations.
Is it as firm as ever today? Few know better than Dr. Michael Oren, the American-born former Israeli ambassador to the US, who has devoted his life to strengthening the relationship. A visiting professor at Harvard, Yale and Georgetown, he offers a rare perspective—personal, historical, political—in his latest book, Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide. Hear a true insider’s insights into our most vital alliance.
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