Tough spot to be in:
“He’s in a very tough spot because his job is to maintain open communications between two administrations that have staked out positions that are adversarial and yet they can’t admit that they’re adversarial,” said David J. Rothkopf, the chief executive of the Foreign Policy Group and a roommate of Mr. Oren in graduate school who remains a good friend.
“This is not the easiest time in history to be the Israeli ambassador to the United States,” said another friend, Jeffrey Goldberg, who closely follows relations between Jerusalem and Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic magazine.
Friends say that the polished and telegenic Mr. Oren is frustrated, although he keeps up a diplomatic front. Asked last week if he was having a tough day after Mr. Netanyahu harshly criticized the Obama administration for refusing to set “red lines” on Iran’s nuclear progress that would trigger an American military strike, Mr. Oren replied, zombie-like, “Oh, no.”