Israel Ambassador Michael Oren is inviting our faculty colleagues and their students to contact him directly for questions on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/notes/ambassador-michael-oren/ask-ambassador-oren-yes-me/193675914004387 or Twitter at #AskOren. He will be answering questions on Monday April 4 at these sites.
At his Facebook page, Ambassador Oren said:
One of my initiatives is to give you access into my world, share my experiences as an Ambassador and get your feedback. So, I’m proud to introduce “Ask Oren” where I’ll take your questions and answer the best of them on video this Monday. Let me know what’s on your mind about Israel–politics, innovation, or the economy. Culture too. (Check my wall for my Irish drum performance.) To participate, ask your quesiton as a comment below or use the hashtag #AskOren on Twitter. Then, check back Monday afternoon, April 4 to see my answers. If you have friends who would like to join ask their own question, feel free to invite them to be a fan of my page by clicking “Suggest to Friends.”
Ambassador Oren has written extensively for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and The New Republic, where he was a contributing editor. His two most recent books, Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East and Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present, were both New York Times bestsellers. They won the Los Angeles Times’ History Book of the Year prize, a National Council of the Humanities Award, and the National Jewish Book Award.
Raised in New Jersey, where he was an activist in Zionist youth movements and a gold medal winning athlete in the Maccabia Games, Ambassador Oren moved to Israel in the 1970s. He served as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces, in the paratroopers in the Lebanon War, a liaison with the U.S. Sixth Fleet during the Gulf War, and an IDF spokesman during the Second Lebanon War and the Gaza operation in January 2009. He acted as an Israeli Emissary to Jewish refuseniks in the Soviet Union, as an advisor to Israel’s delegation to the United Nations, and as the government’s director of Inter-Religious Affairs.