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By Michael B. Oren

ISBN-10: 0812996410

ISBN-13: 9780812996418

Ny 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 in the course of the heart East—provides a frank, interesting glance contained in the certain 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 means of education, Oren arrived at his diplomatic submit simply as Benjamin Netanyahu, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton assumed place of work. in the course of Oren’s tenure in workplace, Israel and the USA grappled with the Palestinian peace approach, the Arab Spring, and existential threats to Israel posed through overseas terrorism and the Iranian nuclear application. cast within the Truman management, America’s alliance with Israel used to be subjected to huge, immense lines, and its destiny used to be puzzled by way of commentators in either nations. On a couple of celebration, the friendship’s very cloth appeared on the subject of 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 identification whereas proudly serving the Jewish country he has come to name domestic. not anyone might have been higher fitted to enhance bridges among the us and Israel than Michael Oren—a guy both at domestic leaping out of a airplane as an Israeli paratrooper and discussing center East historical past on TV’s Sunday morning political exhibits. within the pages of this fast moving publication, Oren interweaves the tale of his own trip with behind-the-scenes money owed of fateful conferences among President Obama and top Minister Netanyahu, high-stakes summits with the Palestinian chief Mahmoud Abbas, and diplomatic crises that intensified the debate surrounding the world’s so much 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 laborious duties, best friend is right away a list, a chronicle, and a confession. And it's a tale approximately love—about anyone lucky adequate to like international locations and to symbolize one to the opposite. yet, mainly, this memoir is a testomony to an alliance that used to be and may stay important for american citizens, Israelis, and the world.

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“Michael Oren goes to be the debate of Washington and Jerusalem. . . . I’m uncertain that during the annals of diplomatic historical past there’s ever been something relatively like this brilliant account of Oren’s 4 years as Israel’s ambassador in Washington. It’s an final insider’s tale instructed whereas all of the gamers store Oren are nonetheless in place.”—New York publish

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Accordingly, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, from Peru, served two terms (1982–91) and was followed by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, of Egypt, who served one term (1992–97), and Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian, who served two terms (1997–2006). Because Africa had contributed two consecutive secretaries-general, and Europe had produced several secretariesgeneral, ending with Kurt Waldheim (1972–81) of Austria, the post was expected to go next to Asia (which, in the UN system, includes the Arab states of the Middle East).

This official UN description captures the sweeping responsibilities assigned to the world body’s chief executive officer and suggests the great challenges they bring. Choosing a new secretary-general is a major event, not only for the UN system but for its 193 member states and all the world’s peoples. On October 13, 2006, the UN General Assembly selected a sixtyone-year-old South Korean, Ban Ki-moon, as the eighth secretarygeneral, to succeed Kofi Annan, whose two five-year terms had set precedents for international activism and public visibility.

The procedure involves two UN bodies: the Security Council, which recommends a candidate, and the General Assembly, which ratifies the choice. The Security Council decides on the nomination at “private” meetings for which there is no public record except for brief communiqués from its president. In 2006, the fifteen members of the council held a series of straw polls that made Ban Ki-moon the favorite, with Tharoor second. Observers did note a surprisingly strong showing by Vaira Vike-­Freiberga of Latvia, the only woman and the only non-Asian among the candidates, whose name was placed in two straw votes.

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