Ron Dermer 370.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s decision to appoint his former senior
adviser Ron Dermer as ambassador to Washington is not final and can still be
changed at the last minute, a source close to Netanyahu said
While officials at the embassy in Washington have said they know
that Dermer will be their next boss, the source noted that Netanyahu had changed
his mind on key decisions at the last minute many times in the
Netanyahu told the weekly cabinet meeting that a replacement for
Israel’s ambassador to Washington Michael Oren would be named “in the coming
days.” This was Netanyahu’s first public comment on the “ambassador sweepstakes”
that for months have been swirling around the appointment of a new ambassador to
Netanyahu praised Oren during the cabinet meeting as an
“exemplary” and “excellent” ambassador who has done “very, very important
Oren announced over the weekend that he would be leaving the
embassy in the fall after serving in that post for four years.
close to Dermer have denied reports of problems between him and the
administration in Washington and that he supported Republican candidate Mitt
Romney against US President Barack Obama.
Dermer, who has served in the
embassy in the past, is said to prefer the Washington appointment to being
ambassador to the United Nations, because the White House can be persuaded while
there is an automatic majority against Israel in the UN.
reported over the weekend that Communications Minister Gilad Erdan was
interested in becoming the ambassador in Washington. A source close to Erdan
called the report nonsense.