As the dust settles after President Donald Trump’s visit to Jerusalem, The Times of Israel editor David Horovitz will be asking Michael Oren, deputy minister and Israel’s ambassador to Washington from 2009-2013, about the impact of Trump’s historic trip, on Sunday, May 28, at Beit Shmuel. Michael Oren’s books will be on sale, and he’ll be signing them for the audience at the event. Get your tickets here.

Can Trump produce “the ultimate deal” on Middle East peace where so many others have failed? Is this the right time to revive peace talks with the Palestinians under American auspices? Will the nuclear deal contain Iranian ambitions to produce an atomic bomb? Can the US administration be trusted with Israeli intelligence? These are just a few of the issues Oren will discuss in our live interview, the latest in The Times of Israel Presents series at the Beit Shmuel Theater in Jerusalem.

Arriving in Israel, US President Donald Trump shakes hands with former US ambassador to the US, Deputy minister Michael Oren MK, at Ben-Gurion Airport on May 21, 2017 (Courtesy)

Arriving in Israel, US President Donald Trump shakes hands with former US ambassador to the US, Deputy minister Michael Oren MK, at Ben-Gurion Airport on May 21, 2017 (Courtesy)

(Also coming up in the Times of Israel Presents series, we’re offering you the chance to meet Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, the Israeli lawyer who is successfully pursuing terror groups through the US courts and winning millions of dollars in compensation for their victims. Matthew Kalman will be interviewing her live on stage at Beit Shmuel on Sunday, June 4. Tickets here. And Horovitz will be interviewing Dan Shapiro, US ambassador to Israel from 2011 to 2017, at the Jerusalem Cinematheque on Sunday, July 2. Tickets here. Please note the venue.)

Oren, who was involved in the preparations for Trump’s visit, has held talks with Jason Greenblatt, the new American peace envoy, and enjoys access to the White House. “We are trying to create the conditions that are conducive to renewing talks,” Oren says, but he remains to be convinced whether Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas can deliver a deal even if pushed by the Americans. “I have my long-held doubts whether he is capable or willing,” he says.

On Iran, Oren is even more pessimistic. “The US has signed three non-proliferation treaties with rogue states. Two of those rogue states have violated the treaties and the US under Trump has responded. The third rogue state, Iran, in contrast to the first two, does not have to violate the treaty in order to achieve weapons of mass destruction. It just has to accord with the agreement,” he says.

President Barack Obama welcomes then-ambassador Michael Oren to the White House Monday, July 20, 2009. (White House photo)

President Barack Obama welcomes then-ambassador Michael Oren to the White House Monday, July 20, 2009. (White House photo)

Oren has written several books, including “Six Days of War,” the definitive history of the 1967 Six Day War, and the New York Times bestseller “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,” which recounts his experience as Israel’s ambassador under the Obama administration.

Oren studied at Harvard and Princeton before immigrating to Israel where he became a historian and then a diplomat. He served as ambassador to Washington from 2009 to 2013. He was elected to the Knesset as a member of Moshe Kahlon’s Kulanu party in 2015 and appointed deputy minister in charge of public diplomacy last year.

He is now involved in developing joint economic projects with the Palestinian Authority and seeking ways to increase the number of Palestinians from the West Bank working in Israel.

David Horovitz will ask Michael Oren about all these issues and more in an English-language interview live on stage in Jerusalem on Sunday, May 28, in an event co-produced with Nefesh B’Nefesh. There will also be the opportunity to buy signed copies of his books, courtesy of Katamon Books. Join us for what promises to be an evening to remember.

Michael Oren in Conversation
May 28 at 8:00 p.m., Hirsch Theater
Beit Shmuel, 6 Eliyahu Shama Street, Jerusalem
Tickets: NIS 60. Advance tickets: NIS 50, HERE

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner in Conversation
June 4. Hirsch Theater
Beit Shmuel, 6 Eliyahu Shama Street, Jerusalem
Tickets: NIS 60. Advance tickets: NIS 50, HERE

Dan Shapiro in Conversation
July 2. Jerusalem Cinematheque
Tickets: NIS 60. Advance tickets: NIS 50, HERE

Produced in association with Nefesh B’Nefesh

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