(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint his close aide
Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, Army Radio reported Friday.
According to the report, Dermer’s candidacy as ambassador has been in
question for some time, as he was considered a “red sheet” in Obama
administration circles for his perceived support of Republican presidential
candidate Mitt Romney in last summer’s race. Army Radio reported that Dermer has managed to improve his ties
with the Obama administration, and with Secretary of State John Kerry in
In a recent speech to American Jewish leaders, Dermer said President
Barack Obama’s support for Israel during Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza “was
Army Radio reported that the Obama administration has now removed its objection to
Dermer’s appointment. The U.S.-born Dermer will replace another American-born
Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael Oren, in August.