Asked by CNN’s Fareed Zakaria whether former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton’s recent assessment that Israel would attack Iran before the end of the year was accurate, Oren replied “I don’t think it’s true, I think that we are far from even contemplating such things right now.”…

When the interviewer dismissed Oren’s statement saying “it is well known that the government of Israel is deeply uncomfortable and nervous with the idea of engagement with Iran,” Oren replied “We were, but we were greatly comforted during [Israeli] prime minister [Binyamin Netanyahu]’s visit here in May, when the president told the prime minister [that] shortly there would be a serious reassessment of the engagement policy before the end of the year, and we are further reassured now, that the end of the year deadline has been moved up to September [and] we actually have a date when it’s going to occur.