Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide

Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide

by Michael B. Oren


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Includes a new afterword about the Iran nuclear agreement, the 2016 presidential race, and the future of the U.S.-Israel alliance

Michael B. Oren’s memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the United States—a period of transformative change for America and a time of violent upheaval throughout the Middle East—provides a frank, fascinating look inside the special relationship between America and its closest ally in the region.

Michael Oren served as the Israeli ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. An American by birth and a historian by training, Oren arrived at his diplomatic post just as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton assumed office. During Oren’s tenure in office, Israel and America grappled with the Palestinian peace process, the Arab Spring, and existential threats to Israel posed by international terrorism and the Iranian nuclear program. Forged in the Truman administration, America’s alliance with Israel was subjected to enormous strains, and its future was questioned by commentators in both countries. On more than one occasion, the friendship’s very fabric seemed close to unraveling.

Ally is the story of that enduring alliance—and of its divides—written from the perspective of a man who treasures his American identity while proudly serving the Jewish State he has come to call home. No one could have been better suited to strengthen bridges between the United States and Israel than Michael Oren—a man equally at home jumping out of a plane as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing Middle East history on TV’s Sunday morning political shows. In the pages of this fast-paced book, Oren interweaves the story of his personal journey with behind-the-scenes accounts of fateful meetings between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, high-stakes summits with the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, and diplomatic crises that intensified the controversy surrounding the world’s most contested strip of land.

A quintessentially American story of a young man who refused to relinquish a dream—irrespective of the obstacles—and an inherently Israeli story about assuming onerous responsibilities, Ally is at once a record, a chronicle, and a confession. And it is a story about love—about someone fortunate enough to love two countries and to represent one to the other. But, above all, this memoir is a testament to an alliance that was and will remain vital for Americans, Israelis, and the world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780812986426
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 610,740
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Michael B. Oren is an American-born Israeli historian and author, and was Israel’s ambassador to the United States from 2009 to 2013. He has written three New York Times bestsellers—Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide; Power, Faith, and Fantasy: America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present; and Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East, which won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for history and the National Jewish Book Award. Throughout his illustrious career as a Middle East scholar, Dr. Oren has been a distinguished fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem, a contributing editor to The New Republic, and a visiting professor at Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown. The Forward named Oren one of the five most influential American Jews, and The Jerusalem Post listed him as one of the world’s ten most influential Jews. He currently lives with his family in Tel Aviv. He is a member of the Knesset and the Deputy Minister for Diplomacy in the Prime Minister’s Office.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Washington, May 1970 xi

Map of Israel xvi

Map of Judea and Samaria/West Bank xvii

The Perforated Passport 3

Growing Up American 5

Rising to Israel 8

3335335 13

A Free People in Our Land 16

Peace for the Galilee? 19

Wars of Words 23

Dark Decade 28

Six Days Re-created 31

Firing Line 34

An American Legacy 39

Hope, Change, War 43

Unclenched Fist 47

Hat in the Ring 54

Boot Camp 59

Metamorphic Month 64

Unbreakable, Unshakable 71

New Realities 76

Map of Jerusalem 78

Daylight on Pennsylvania Avenue 81

At Home and on the Water 89

Obama 101 92

Blood Libel 99

Autumn of Malcontents 103

Chrysalis 119

Tremors 132

Blood and Treasure 135

Fish and Fighters 146

Year of Affliction 151

In Honor and in Shame 152

09185-016 162

Partners for Peace? 168

DNA 177

The Twenty Percent Solution 182

Conflagration 191

Wintry Spring 195

Through the Dust Darkly 206

Six Days in May 214

In Sunshine or in Shadow 227

Roller Coaster 232

Job 1:16 238

Hatchet Jobs 246

We Are One? 254

Zones of immunity 271

Ducks and Bombs 277

How You Doin', Shimon? 288

Polls Apart 293

Sandstorms 300

Last Lap 308

Ally, Goodbye 313

You Are Not Alone 316

Kerry Ex Machina 327

Surprises 337

The Things I Carried Home 346

A Night at Kibbutz Na'an 356

Acknowledgments 379

Ally: An Aftermath 383

Prominent Figures in Ally 395

Index 405

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Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
excellent read, you really get to know conditions between the US and Israel in factual and understandable terms. Mr. Oren did an outstanding job with this book and deserves a 5 star rating. Finally someone was brave enough to alert the public concerning the ability of our administration to back stab our ally Israel, with and without the UN.
RomeoRomeo More than 1 year ago
The author is special. His writing is superb and as a witness and participant in history he provides the reader with a foundation for understanding exactly what has been going on. It's not pretty, but it is inspiring.
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