March 17th, 2010
08:01 AM ET
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Israeli ambassador denies saying U.S.-Israel relations in crisis

 Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, claims he was misquoted as saying Israeli-U.S. relations were at an all time low.
Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, claims he was misquoted as saying Israeli-U.S. relations were at an all time low.

Jerusalem (CNN) - The Israeli ambassador to the United States said Wednesday he did not make statements attributed to him about relations between his country and the United States being "in a crisis."

"I was flagrantly misquoted about remarks I made in a confidential briefing this past Saturday," Ambassador Michael Oren said.

"Recent events do not - I repeat - do not represent the lowest point in the relations between Israel and the United States. Though we differ on certain issues, our discussions are being conducted in an atmosphere of cooperation as befitting long-standing relations between allies. I am confident that we will overcome these differences shortly."

The Israeli newspaper Haaretz said Oren made the comments in a conference call to the country's consuls-general Saturday night.

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  1. nader

    It's about time to free us from the slavery of Israeli lobby in USA. Wake up America. We are not so weak. How long our politician will be scare to Israeli fear???

    March 17, 2010 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  2. Sheena

    I really wonder if this is more of the Obama Administration trying to cut ties with our allies so he can team up with his Muslim buddies.

    March 17, 2010 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Stop Building Settlements

    Israel is beginning to look like the bully. How can they expect peace when the actions they are taking will constatntly delay the peace process?

    March 17, 2010 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Enough is Enough

    As long as U.S. tax dollars are used to build illegal settlements on stolen land it's a crisis. As long as congress is an occupied territory it's a crisis. As long as terrorists use our blind support of Israel as a recruitmrnt tool its a crisis.

    March 17, 2010 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. Greg in Texas

    Screw Israel. They are a thorn in our side and a threat to our safety.

    March 17, 2010 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  6. Soren

    They are all so full of crap!
    The US is quickly becoming the naive clowns of the world.

    March 17, 2010 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  7. Ben in Texas

    For the good of America, we need a new lowest point in Israeli relations. Israel has caused us no end of problems, from being a drain on our treasury to gaining us the hatred of nearly every country in the Middle East. Israel is the reason we now have a terrorism problem. Israel terrorizes its Palestinian population, and we have supported that terrorism.

    Let's break with Israel and do America a favor. Cut off their funding and military aid. Embargo their exports. Support U.N. resolutions against their slow genocide of Palestinians. "Friends" like Israel we don't need.

    March 17, 2010 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    That's just the politics playing. He meant what he said the first time.

    March 17, 2010 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  9. proud mother and sister of a soldier

    I would beleieve this administration would refer to this as a "crisis". This is the first pres that I do not see supporting Isreal and realizing their value to us as an ally. Obama was a community organizer, how can he understand global politics? As a freshman senator, he did not play a major role on any committees. Smart americans voted in a man with an unqualified resume.

    March 17, 2010 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  10. Adalbert

    It is about time that the US stands up to arrogant Israel. Stop wasting our tax dollars on a partite. Our 5 BILLION dollar annual aid to Israel is not deserved. With allies like Israel, we do not need any enemies.

    March 17, 2010 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  11. cjr

    we can no longer financially support Israel! We have serious financial problems here. Time for us to pull out – If,. after 60 years, they are not a viable country, they never will be!

    March 17, 2010 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  12. Pel

    I agree the relationship between Israel and USA is not in a crisis. The leaders of Israel will do what they want and we will only turn the other cheek. According to our government history, Israel can do no wrong. Since the bombing of our ship, Liberty, Israel has not respected the USA and her concerns.

    March 17, 2010 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  13. jerseylou

    Well whoopi do,who would expected he would back track on his statement. Israeli does not want all that Billons of welfare money to stop pouring in to that country every year does it? Some body must have slap some sense into this guy to make him do the moon walk.

    March 17, 2010 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  14. Omavi

    The United States is WAY to easy on Israel, and we don't support the Palestinians when we should. The government of Isreal does things that flagrantly violate any proposed peace deal, and we sit on our hands while applauding Israel at the same time.

    I honestly believe that we should be a LOT more stern with Isreal.

    March 17, 2010 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  15. strong

    In a crisis? Whatever ...

    The beat goes on...

    March 17, 2010 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  16. Brink

    There is no crisis. Wake up and cut off all foreign aid and military hardware to Israel, our dear friends. And while you are at it, demand an apology for the attack on the USS Liberty and reparations for the families of the sailors who were killed.

    March 17, 2010 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  17. Lucullus

    We wouldn't want that there's a rift between us now would we M. Oren? What would happen if poor, tiny surrounded Israel were to really tick us off and we stopped sending you money and weapons?

    Oh, that's right, that would never happen would it. AIPAC and the government they've bought would never allow that to happen would they?

    March 17, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  18. John independent from NY

    Just put a fence around the middle east and let them all duke it out til there is only one left to talk with.

    March 17, 2010 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  19. FL

    He can say what he wants but any fool can see oboma has sold them out. for whatever reason he wants Israel to fail. He has turned his back on them and they know it and anyone with a brain can see it. They are our only true friend in an area of the world we really need one. I hate to see the day they feel backed into a corner and launch their arsenal to preserve themselves. I would do the same and so would anyone else. You have to respect a country that has rockets shot into their cities on a regular basis and demonstrates restrain. GOOD LUCK TO THEM. I HOPE THEY CAN HOLD OUT FOR THE DAY OBOMA IS NO LONGER IN OFFICE.

    March 17, 2010 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  20. Michelle

    Since Israel has the backing of Sarah Palin, (I assume she knows they do not share her radical Christian beliefs??) what more do they need? This country takes more aid from us than anyone in the world, and why? Because we are constantly appeasing this tiny country of Jewish citizens who threaten and kill their neighbors; the people who have ancient rights to the land. We have allowed Israel to have nuclear weapons, and we are always in the middle of their wars with the Palestinians. All this to maintain Jewish votes here.

    March 17, 2010 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  21. Joseph

    Of course, there is no question that the relations between Israel and the United States are in a crisis never seen before Obama was elected. Whom do you think he really stands for, Palestines, Israeli, or USA? Have any doubt? Cast your vote in 2010 and 2012.

    March 17, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. Mick

    Crisis. The crisis is in our leadership here in the States. Israel has tried and even moved out of the the West Bank 5 years ago and nothing ever improves. Its a disputed are and they have the right to build – whatever they do Hamas is going to kill innocent people.

    March 17, 2010 10:52 am at 10:52 am |