Ron Dermer to Replace Ambassador Oren

Four years after he was appointed Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren has announced his intention to resign the post this fall. During his tenure, Ambassador Oren forged a great relationship with the Reform Movement. Shortly after assuming office, Ambassador Oren spoke at the URJ Biennial. Ambassador Oren has served as a key partner on substantive issues, working with the Reform Movement on the Conversion Bill, the Sharansky plan to ensure women’s rights and pluralism at the Kotel, and on furthering the peace process.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has appointed Ron Dermer to succeed Ambassador Oren. Dermer, who was born in Miami, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and worked as a political strategist before earning a Masters degree at Oxford University and moving to Israel in the mid-1990s. Among many other responsibilities, Dermer helped organize President Obama’s March trip to Israel.

Prime Minister Netanyahu explained, “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 US.”

Near the top of Dermer’s likely tasks will be to work with Secretary of State John Kerry on his efforts to reinvigorate peace negotiations between Israeli and Palestinian leadership and addressing the ever changing dynamics of Middle East politics in the wake of the Arab Spring.

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