Ron Dermer named Israel’s new US ambassador

By Ellis Bolle, July 9, 2013
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Israeli Embassy in Washington DC

Israeli Embassy in Washington DC

Former political adviser to the Prime Minister Ron Dermer has been appointed Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said: "Ron Dermer has all the qualities necessary to successfully fill this important post. I have known him for many years and I know that Ron will faithfully represent the State of Israel in the capital of our greatest ally – the USA. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I wish him great success."

American-born Mr Dermer will replace Michael Oren, who is due to complete his four-year term in office in the next few months.

Mr Oren said: "As a close friend and a long-time colleague of Ron's, I know that he is uniquely qualified for this position and is deeply committed to the historic US-Israel alliance."

Mr Dermer is an outspoken critic of the two-state solution and viewed with suspicion by the Obama administration for his Republican affiliations.

Last updated: 5:43pm, July 9 2013