Israel's newly appointed head of Public Diplomacy, Dr. Ran Baratz had a lot to say about various political figures in his past. He accused US President Obama of anti-Semitism and compared US Secretary of State Kerry to Miss America.
Nov 05, 2015, 01:30PM | Yael Klein
Dr. Ran BaratzPhoto Credit: Channel 2 News
Dr. Ran Baratz, who was appointed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu head of Israel's Public Diplomacy, has made harsh, critical statements against the Israeli president, Israeli politicians and key public figures from around the world.
"President Obama is not ignorant," Baratz wrote on Facebook last August, "He must know he is nourishing a long-time policy of anti-Semitism that blames the American Jews for dragging the US into wars." ...
In a column he wrote about US Secretary of State John Kerry, after the latter linked the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the Islamic State, Baratz claimed: "At least we can say that no other Miss America could’ve said it better."
"This is the time to wish Kerry good luck and to count two years in the calendar, hoping that by then someone wakes up in the US State Department and begins to see the world through the eyes of a person whose mental age exceeds that of a 12-year-old," he added.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University for over ten years, he shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."