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Michael Oren is an open book: Join ToI Community for Q&A with former diplomat

In a special Behind the Headlines for Community members, the author, historian, ex-MK and former envoy to the US talks about his true calling and the challenges facing Jews today

Former MK and Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren speaks during a segment of Behind the Headlines, May 30, 2021. (Times of Israel)
Former MK and Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren speaks during a segment of Behind the Headlines, May 30, 2021. (Times of Israel)

The Times of Israel is proud to present our first in-person interview since the start of the coronavirus pandemic on this week’s installment of Behind the Headlines, available exclusively to Times of Israel Community members.

Join the Times of Israel Community today to catch the discussion with author, historian, and former member of Knesset and Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Oren.

If you haven’t yet joined ToI Community, you can sign up here to access our Behind the Headlines series along with much more content.

Oren sits down with ToI diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman — who also happens to have once been Oren’s history student at Georgetown University. Their wide-ranging conversation touches on topics such as Jewish identity, the changing face of antisemitism in the US, Jewish-Black race relations, Israel’s lackluster PR strategy, and Oren’s experience as Israeli liaison to former US president Barack Obama’s administration.

The topic of identity remains constant throughout — and with good reason. Over the course of his accomplished career, Oren has continuously felt himself first and foremost an author — and in fact has just released his fourth work of fiction.

Former MK and Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren, right, in discussion in Jerusalem with The Times of Israel diplomatic correspondent Lazar Berman for a segment of Behind the Headlines, May 30, 2021. (Times of Israel)

That book, “To All Who Call in Truth,” is set in a working-class American neighborhood in the early 1970s similar to the one the author grew up in, which serves as a springboard from which Oren discusses shifting paradigms and the challenges facing American Jewry today.

Tune in to view the full segment and catch the insights of the American-born Israeli diplomat and scholar, who has experienced the social turmoil of the 1970s firsthand and been privy to the inner world of US-Israeli politics.

Former MK and Israeli ambassador to the US Michael Oren holds his newest work of fiction, ‘To All Who Call in Truth,’ during a segment of Behind the Headlines, May 30, 2021. (Times of Israel)

This special episode of Behind the Headlines is available to Community members for on-demand viewing, along with the rest of our extensive library of exclusive content.

In addition to our online content, Times of Israel Community members also receive an ad-free experience of the ToI site and apps, and a weekly insider letter from David Horovitz.

If you are already a ToI Community member, you will automatically receive a link to this, as well as all future Behind the Headlines sessions, via email.

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