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Israelis You Should Know: Michael Oren

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Name: Michael Oren

Age: 60

Family: Married with three children

Known for: Oren is an Israeli historian, author, politician, and was Israel's former ambassador to the United States.

About him: Michael Oren was born in 1955 in the United States, and he grew up in a conservative Jewish household in New Jersey. He was an activist in Zionist and Jewish youth groups, and he took his first trip to Israel when he was 15. He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Columbia University, and after college, he spent a year as an adviser to the Israeli delegation to the United Nations. After that, in 1979, Oren made aliyah (immigrated to Israel).

Oren served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, and he then volunteered to work with the Zionist underground in the Soviet Union. He also served as an officer in the IDF Spokesman's Office during the 2006 Lebanon War and the 2008-2009 Gaza War.

In addition to his military service, Oren also taught at Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv University throughout the 1980s and 1990s. Between 2006 and 2009, he was a visiting professor at Harvard University, Yale University, and Georgetown University.

In 2009, Oren was appointed as ambassador of Israel to the United States, chosen by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his academic expertise on the United States. He served in this role until 2013. Oren was then elected to the Knesset, Israel's Parliament, in early 2015.

Oren has also written several books, including non-fiction accounts of the Six-Day War and the history of American involvement in the Middle East, along with two fiction works. One of them, Reunion, is based on his father's stories from World War II.

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