Dermer Tapped to Be Washington Envoy

YERUSHALAYIM -

Ron Dermer, a longtime aide of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, has been appointed as Israel’s next Ambassador to the United States, succeeding Michael B. Oren.

Dermer has served as Netanyahu’s senior adviser for the past four years and before that (2005-2008) was the economic attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.

Dermer is 42, married and the father of five children. He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.

“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,” said Netanyahu on Tuesday.

Ambassador Oren recently announced that he intends to move back to Israel and will be leaving his post this fall. Oren was appointed ambassador to the U.S. in 2009. His term was extended by three months following the last Israeli election.