I was taken aback at Gary Rosenblatt’s column, “No Way To Treat An Ally,” June 19.
I understand that “Between the Lines” is an
opinion piece. Nevertheless, Rosenblatt sounded more like a publicist for
Oren than an independent journalist. I think that it would have been only
fair to the paper’s readers to point out there are many individuals who have
challenged Oren’s version of events.
They are from the White House, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan
Shapiro, journalists Barak Ravid and Chemi Shalev
from Haaretz, as well as J.J. Goldberg and Larry Cohler-Esses from the
Forward, to name a few.
What comes through from Oren’s writing is an almost
total animus towards President Obama. That hardly qualifies him as an
objective historian, but a member of the current right-wing government of Israel.
Editor’s Note: The June 19 column on Michael Oren was written before the criticism came to light.