- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 12, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Arnaud de Borchgrave’s latest column incorrectly states that Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren is “a citizen of both” the United States and Israel and “is one of more than 100,000 Israelis who enjoy dual citizenship with the United States” (“Israel’s know-how,” Opinion, Thursday).

Contrary to the above, Mr. Oren holds only Israeli citizenship. He entered the country last month to assume his high-ranking position on a diplomatic passport issued by the state of Israel, which would not be possible if the ambassador held U.S. citizenship. An American citizen cannot be received in the United States as a diplomat for another nation. Similarly, foreign diplomats posted in Israel may not hold Israeli citizenship. These principles are laid out in the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

JONATHAN PELED

Spokesman

Embassy of Israel

Washington

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