Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren took to the opinion pages to cast blame on President Barack Obama and absolve Israeli PM Netanyahu of any fault in what he perceives as a rocky U.S.-Israel relationship. Oren said in his problematic Wall Street Journal op-ed that both leaders made mistakes but only one did so "deliberately"—a contradiction in terms but OK. Even Netanyahu's unprecedented and insulting speech to a joint session of congress, which Oren concedes was a mistake, is ultimately blamed on President Obama for his Administration's decision to enter negotiations with Iran. The piece prompted a sharp rebuke from U.S. officials, with State Department Spokesperson John Kirby saying Oren's account "is absolutely inaccurate and false, and doesn't reflect what actually happened." Piling on and to generate even more buzz for his book—which has problems of its own—Oren penned another attention grabbing op-ed in Foreign Policy. Oren, a sitting member of Israeli parliament bizarrely claims that somehow the abandonment of Obama's Christian mother's Muslim husbands led the President to "seek acceptance by their co-religionists." Criticisms came from all over. If you're trying to promote a book, making counterfactual statements and displaying your lack of grasp on reality isn't the best way to do it.

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