The Ron Dermer era in the Prime Minister’s Office appears to have ended with the
conclusion last week of US President Barack Obama’s visit.
close and trusted confidant of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, left soon
after Obama’s visit for a Passover vacation in the US where he spent the Seder
with his family. He is not expected to return to the PMO.
The PMO has not
officially announced Dermer’s departure, nor has a replacement been named. An
official in the PMO would not comment on the matter.
It is widely assumed
that Dermer’s job – he served a number of functions, including top foreign
policy adviser and speech writer – will be divided among a number of different
people. Among those mentioned as one of those who will move into the PMO is
former ambassador to the UN Dore Gold, who has advised Netanyahu on foreign
policy both in an official and in an informal capacity over the years.
is not yet clear where Dermer, 42, will go next. His name has been mentioned in
the past in the context of a possible ambassador to the UN or Washington.
Appointing Dermer an ambassador, however, is a political appointment that would
entail political horse trading between Netanyahu and former and possibly future
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman.
Dermer has also been mentioned as a
candidate for the ambassadorial job in Ottawa, something considered less
Dermer’s decision to leave the PMO, where he served throughout
Netanyahu’s second term as prime minister, is believed to have to do with the
non-stop rigor of the job and a desire to spend more time with his family – he
has four small sons and another child on the way – and not to any policy
disagreements with the prime minister.