Reports: Netanyahu may tap Ron Dermer as next US envoy

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering nominating his American-born advisor Ron Dermer as Israel’s next envoy to the United States, Israeli media, citing a report by Israeli daily Makor Rishon, said Friday.

“On Friday morning, the diplomatic correspondent of Israeli daily Makor Rishon Ariel Kahan reported that Netanyahu is nominating his advisor Ron Dermer to the role,” Haaretz’s Ben Ravid wrote. “Dermer has served as Netanyahu’s advisor for the past four years. I asked the Prime Minister’s Office whether they can confirm the report, and received an expected and routine answer: ‘No comment.’”

The reports said that Israel’s envoy to the US Michael Oren is expected to step down in May after serving in the role for the past four years.

Update: However, a spokesman for the Israeli embassy in Washington told the Back Channel Sunday that the rumor Ambassador Oren has asked to step down in the spring is baseless. “Ambassador Oren …. is continuing in his positions as planned,” the spokesperson said. “No decision has been made regarding the next ambassador to the United States or the timing of appointing a new ambassador.”

The embassy spokesman had previously on Friday indicated they had no information about the reports, and directed questions to the Prime Minister’s Office.

Dermer, from the Miami Florida area, emigrated to Israel in 1997 at the age of 26. “He did not serve in the IDF or do national service,” Ravid wrote. “Since he moved to Israel, he has mainly been involved in politics – at first as an advisor to Natan Sharansky and later as an aide to Netanyahu. For four years, from 2004 to 2008, he was not in Israel at all, after Netanyahu nominated him as a representative of Israel’s Finance Ministry to Washington.”