Michael Oren, the Israeli ambas­sador to the United States, said on Tuesday at North­eastern that Israel is America’s “ulti­mate ally.”

Israel is unequiv­o­cally pro-​​America,” Oren told more than 100 mem­bers of the North­eastern com­mu­nity who gath­ered in Blackman Audi­to­rium for a dis­cus­sion on the U.S.-Israel rela­tion­ship. “You’re not going to see Amer­ican flags being burned there,” he added, noting that Israel is the only country in the Middle East with a 9/​11 memorial.

The event was streamed on Northeastern’s Face­book page. The live audi­ence included spe­cial guest Shai Bazak, Consul Gen­eral of Israel to New England.

Stephen Director, provost and senior vice pres­i­dent for aca­d­emic affairs, intro­duced Oren, calling him both a “scholar and a statesman.”

We’re hon­ored to have him join us on our campus,” he added.

Oren — who grew up in New Jersey, but ulti­mately had to renounce his U.S. cit­i­zen­ship in order to assume his role as ambas­sador — has received fel­low­ships from the U.S. Depart­ments of State and Defense, and from the British and Cana­dian gov­ern­ments. For­merly, he was the Lady Davis Fellow of Hebrew Uni­ver­sity, a Moshe Dayan Fellow at Tel-​​Aviv Uni­ver­sity and a Dis­tin­guished Fellow at the Shalem Center in Jerusalem.

The strong bond between Israel and the United States, Oren said, can be traced back to the 17th cen­tury Puritan move­ment, in which Eng­lish Protes­tants coped with con­flict with the Church of Eng­land by seeking hope in the Old Testament.

In the Old Tes­ta­ment, Puri­tans found a god who spoke directly to his people in Hebrew and made promises to rescue them from exile and restore them to the promised land,” Oren explained.

Puri­tans,” he added, “gave Hebrew names to many towns and cities and made Hebrew a required lan­guage at universities.”

Both the U.S. and Israel favor a two-​​state solu­tion to the Israeli-​​Palestinian con­flict, Oren said. “Both coun­tries believe that there is no alter­na­tive to reaching that goal other than direct nego­ti­a­tions,” he explained, adding that Israeli Prime Min­ister Ben­jamin Netanyahu met with top Pales­tinian offi­cials on Monday.

Oren also touted the impor­tance of Israel’s mil­i­tary alliance with the U.S., which, he said, gives its ally some $3 bil­lion in mil­i­tary aid each year.

Israel, he noted, runs one of “the most adept and capable intel­li­gence ser­vices and shares intel­li­gence at the highest level on a daily basis about issues cru­cial for Amer­ican security.”

After the lec­ture, Oren fielded ques­tions posed by audi­ence mem­bers. One stu­dent asked Oren whether Israel would seek mil­i­tary assis­tance from the U.S. if it were to launch a pre-​​emptive attack on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

We are involved in ongoing high-​​level dis­course [with the United States] about the Iranian threat,” Oren responded, noting that the “real ques­tion we have to ask our­selves is what the cost of inac­tion against a nuclear armed Iran would be.”

Para­phrasing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, he added, “It is Israel’s duty to defend itself against any Middle East threat.”