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By Michael B. Oren

Long island instances bestselling writer Michael B. Oren’s memoir of his time as Israel’s ambassador to the United States—a interval of transformative swap for the United States and a time of violent upheaval through the center East—provides a frank, interesting glance contained in the distinct dating among the United States and its closest best friend within the region.

Michael Oren served because the Israeli ambassador to the USA from 2009 to 2013. An American through start and a historian by way of education, Oren arrived at his diplomatic publish simply as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton assumed place of work. in the course of Oren’s tenure in place of work, Israel and the US grappled with the Palestinian peace strategy, the Arab Spring, and existential threats to Israel posed through foreign terrorism and the Iranian nuclear application. cast within the Truman management, America’s alliance with Israel used to be subjected to huge, immense traces, and its destiny used to be wondered via commentators in either international locations. On a couple of social gathering, the friendship’s very textile appeared with regards to unraveling.

Ally is the tale of that enduring alliance—and of its divides—written from the point of view of a guy who treasures his American id whereas proudly serving the Jewish country he has come to name domestic. nobody might have been larger suited for advance bridges among the us and Israel than Michael Oren—a guy both at domestic leaping out of a aircraft as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing heart East background on TV’s Sunday morning political indicates. within the pages of this fast moving e-book, Oren interweaves the tale of his own trip with behind-the-scenes money owed of fateful conferences among President Obama and major Minister Netanyahu, high-stakes summits with the Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas, and diplomatic crises that intensified the talk surrounding the world’s such a lot contested strip of land.

A quintessentially American tale of a tender guy who refused to relinquish a dream—irrespective of the obstacles—and an inherently Israeli tale approximately assuming hard tasks, best friend is straight away a list, a chronicle, and a confession. And it's a tale approximately love—about somebody lucky adequate to like international locations and to symbolize one to the opposite. yet, specifically, this memoir is a testomony to an alliance that was once and should stay very important for americans, Israelis, and the world.

Praise for Ally

“Michael Oren goes to be the controversy of Washington and Jerusalem. . . . I’m unsure that during the annals of diplomatic historical past there’s ever been whatever particularly like this striking account of Oren’s 4 years as Israel’s ambassador in Washington. It’s an final insider’s tale advised whereas all of the avid gamers store Oren are nonetheless in place.”—New York submit

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