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 particular.
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 superb.”
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.