Israeli ambassador deletes tweet about sitting down with Hamas, blames staffer

http://twitter.com/#!/jacobkornbluh/status/269980217697787904

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, blames a staffer for a tweet quoting him as telling CNN that Israel would be “willing to sit down with Hamas, if they just stop shooting at us.”

Ex-Staffer? RT”@ambassadororen: Correction: the earlier tweet about my CNN interview was sent erroneously by a staffer.”

— Mr. Man (@CaptYonah) November 18, 2012

The tweet was captured by automated aggregator Topsy.

The ambassador was quick to clarify his position.

I categorically deny the quote attributed to me by CNN. #Hamas is a terrorist organization dedicated to destroying #Israel & killing #Jews..

— Michael B. Oren (@AmbassadorOren) November 18, 2012

Worldwide and #Hamas is absolutely not a partner for peace.

— Michael B. Oren (@AmbassadorOren) November 18, 2012

He also apparently realized that the tweet wasn’t sent by CNN, but by someone tweeting from his account.

@ambassadororen What quote do you mean? Please DM me.

— Melissa Gray (@MelissaGrayCNN) November 18, 2012

Correction: the earlier tweet about my CNN interview was sent erroneously by a staffer.

— Michael B. Oren (@AmbassadorOren) November 18, 2012

Deleting the tweet only seems to have made things more controversial.

@buzzfeedandrew @ambassadororen good on the ambassador for deleting that tweet, Israel doesn’t nor should it negotiate with terrorists

— Hunter Armstrong (@HunterArmstron) November 18, 2012

@zekejmiller @ambassadororen Oren is either in denial about the criminal regime he serves, or is a willing accomplice.

— Cheryl Llera (@catmidnite) November 18, 2012

Update:

CNN reporter Melissa Gray — or a staffer with access to her account — also deleted a tweet which attributes the quote to Oren. So a CNN employee did send a very similar tweet to the one Oren deleted.

Gray’s tweet was deleted after she sent these tweets to Oren.

@ambassadororen What quote do you mean? Please DM me.

— Melissa Gray (@MelissaGrayCNN) November 18, 2012

@ambassadororen Please DM me so we can sort this out.

— Melissa Gray (@MelissaGrayCNN) November 18, 2012

Here’s a tweet from Melissa Gray which rewords Oren’s statement quite a bit.

#Israel ‘s @ambassadororen in interview with CNN: Trying to send message to #Hamas that it can’t kill Israelis with impunity.

— Melissa Gray (@MelissaGrayCNN) November 18, 2012

Here’s video of the segment from which the “just stop shooting at us” line originated. The ambassador delivers it not as a condition of negotiations but rather as a command.

Update:

A spokesman for Oren told Buzzfeed the ambassador “signaled in his interview our willingness to sit with our Palestinians neighbours – not with Hamas.”

Editor’s note: This post has been updated to include more information about Melissa Gray’s tweets.

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/11/17/israeli-ambassador-deletes-tweet-about-sitting-down-with-hamas-blames-staffer/

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