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Gold denies reports he will replace Dermer

February 11, 2013 02:25

Former Israeli envoy to UN denies 'NY Time' report that he will replace Netanyahu's senior adviser.

Dore Gold

Dore Gold 521. (photo credit:Marc Israel Sellem)

Even before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s senior adviser Ron Dermer has formally tendered his resignation, Dore Gold’s name has been tossed into the ring as a possible replacement.

Gold, who served as ambassador to the UN during Netanyahu’s first tenure, is currently the president of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. A New York Times story on Sunday said he was “expected to soon become Mr. Netanyahu’s senior adviser.”

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Gold, who meets with Netanyahu on a regular basis every few weeks, said reports he will take over from Dermer were “untrue.” He said that while from time to time various possible roles have been discussed, nothing has been agreed upon.

Dermer is widely expected to leave his post as one of Netanyahu’s top advisers – and a central interlocutor with Washington – following US President Barack Obama’s visit to Israel at the end of March.

Gold’s name has been raised a number of times in the past within the context of becoming Israel’s ambassador to the US.

The Prime Minister’s Office, which has not yet confirmed that Dermer is leaving, declined to comment on a possible future role for Gold.
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