Undoing Netanyahu's Damage to U.S.-Israel Relations
In an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg, Kulanu candidate Michael Oren said it was time to show greater flexibility on peace and recognize that people can be critical of Israel without being anti-Israel. On foreign policy, he said:
"Foreign affairs is viewed as the poorer, younger brother of security affairs in Israel. We don’t have long-term strategic thinking about foreign affairs. We should take it more seriously here. Israel has to undergo a fundamental change—we have to realize we are not alone in the world. Our relationships, not just with the United States, but with the Far East, with Europe, with Africa, are vital for us. We haven’t looked in strategic ways about how to defend ourselves against BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions.) I understand why this happens—there is the old Zionist notion that it is not important what the non-Jews think, that it's only important what the Jews do. But we can’t function in the world with this attitude."
Read the full interview in The Atlantic