Israeli ambassador Michael Oren said New York Times columnist Tom Friedman “strengthened a dangerous myth” when he said Congress was “bought and paid for by the Israel lobby.”
“This allegation is profoundly disturbing,” Oren told JTA. “The term ‘Israel lobby’ implies the existence of a Zionist cabal wielding inordinate economic and political power. Unintentionally, perhaps, Friedman has strengthened a dangerous myth.”
Friedman’s Dec. 13 column outlined concerns he said he shares with other American Jews about Israel’s direction.
Oren, who called Friedman “an internationally acclaimed columnist who frequently writes about Israel and is often critical of its policies” said the Netanyahu government was “sensitive for the concerns of American Jews” and is “committed to maintaining the strongest possible connection between the Jewish state and the Jewish communities in the U.S. and around the world.”
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