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Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Ambassador Comes to Mitzpe Ramon

We had the privilege of meeting Ambassador Michael Oren at Chez Eugene last week. Ambassador Oren was on holiday with his entire family and his son's fiancee, staying at Chez Eugene. Their visit was completely private and unofficial, but Arnaud, co-owner of the hotel, was kind enough to invite Pam and me up to meet him.

Ambassador Oren, his wife Sally, their sons, daughter and son's fiancee in the lobby of Chez Eugene

Both the Ambassador and his wife Sally are native born Americans, having made Aliyah many years ago. So their English is perfect, so much so that Sally told us that people are often confused about what he is the Ambassador of: US to Israel, Israel to the US, etc. This made me feel better when I asked her if she lived in Manhattan, thinking of the Israeli Ambassador to the UN (a thankless job if ever there was one). But No, he is the Israeli Ambassador to the US, living in Washington, DC.

From the right: Arnaud's son, Paul; Arnaud; Michael Oren; Sally Oren; Me

It was nice to see them relaxed with their family. I could never do his job.

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