April 22, 2010

Oren to Brandeis

News Item: Michael Oren to deliver commencement address at Brandeis

I've written a lot here over the years about the annual commencement controversies at my alma mater, usually over such issues as "he's speaking German!" (Helmut Kohl) or "I've never heard of him!" (Peter Lynch.) This should be no different, as the usual campus cold war between left and right vis a vis Israel will come to a full boil as Bibi's ambassador to the U.S. speaks.

While I'm not a huge fan of Oren's work on behalf of the Likud government, I did read two of his books ("Six Days of War" and "Power, Faith and Fantasy") and both were excellent.

Posted by Stephen Silver at April 22, 2010 10:49 AM

I'd be curious to hear your qualms with his work. I've found him to be an eloquent representative of both the IDF and Israel's government, especially to English-speaking audiences.

Posted by: jabbett at April 24, 2010 09:04 PM

American Jews should hear the words of Israeli leaders who represnt a large group of European Jews abandoned by their American brothers and sisters during the dark days of WWII. History repeats itself with the Jewish left (many of them at Brandeis) that is turning it's back on the state of Israel which is facing continous existential threats now more then ever.

Posted by: Peter Brand at April 28, 2010 12:04 PM
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