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It's only about this -- two days ago.
The Israeli ambassador to the United States Michael Warren was heckled and interrupted -- -- once or twice but eleven times as he tried to deliver.
An important speech on US Israeli relations to the students at University of California at for a moment.
-- Is a source of frustration as a person spent much of his life speaking Hebrew.
You happen come to this campus to -- what I hear.
Country here multiplicity of ideas yeah.
So -- tolerance on college campuses disappearing if you're a parent you're asking that question this morning.
Ambassador Warren joins us now from DC.
I can't imagine going through that experience having done some public speaking I mean you're already a little nervous as it is and you're trying to get your points across.
And then you have -- what were you thinking standing up on stage.
Rewarding Gretchen good morning Steve -- -- was speaking that I wanted to get my point across -- come to that campus.
Because I -- it's a problematic campus I knew that have been a lot of anti Israeli activity on the campus and I want it to interact.
With those students particularly.
I -- an ambassador I have -- that you -- to -- very busy schedule when I travel beyond Washington to California.
I have many potential audiences I wanted to reach that audience and I felt saddened that I wasn't capable of reaching that audience because they denied -- the right to interact with them.
Sure you know in the last year ambassador we've seen a lot of vocal meetings with -- town halls and the tea parties and stuff like that and that's that's spontaneous.
Where is this it appears as if and -- story goes that members of the a Muslim student union out there UC Irvine did coordinated -- they've gone through it essentially it was rehearse where okay.
I'm gonna get up and I'm gonna get to I'm gonna ask this question and I'm gonna be escorted out then we'll let you talk for a little while -- the next person gets up is that you understand what.
-- that's precisely what occurred there -- occurred not just there similar protests have been held against Israeli speakers at other campuses in the United States following exactly the same format.
Pretty good it's pretty good idea what was going to happen on that campus I was prepared for -- back and I knew how I would react I knew that I would do my utmost to ensure that -- Protesters would not succeed.
And interrupting my talk and I'd be able to finish my speech in fact I did -- finish my remarks.
And was able to.
Leave the campus peacefully.
Right but mr.
ambassador what does that say about the culture in which we live right now specifically on college campuses.
Our students becoming so.
I'm ruling -- is isn't going to be a situation where people like you are not going to give speeches anymore because that's.
Political campuses have always been hot -- of political tensions.
They are -- area there there very take part of of our society which ideas are exchange where ideas exchanged attentions can rise.
But having said that I -- the -- campuses are also the strongholds.
Constitutional principles such as freedom of speech.
And in university administrations have to do their utmost to ensure that that principle is upheld and I -- personally I will continue going to campuses I will not let these protesters stopped me don't let them shut me up and I will continue to hope to engage with them however tough that engagement will -- Indeed look at that we just talked for four minutes and we didn't -- up to wants.
All right and that is an ambassador Michael Oren thanks for joining us today from -- a good riddance capital you as well have a nice weekend.
Get -- got tunnel I can do -- -- -- I don't think that would have been that even tempered now.
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