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Friday, June 28, 2013

Dermer to be ambassador to US?

Last December, I reported that Ron Dermer was likely to become Israel's Ambassador to the United States when current Ambassador Michael Oren's term ends in August. In the same post, I blogged a column by Barak Ravid in Haaretz, who claimed that the Obama administration would not be happy with Dermer, because Dermer is from Florida and his family is close with that state's Republican governor and potential Presidential candidate Jeb Bush.

Two weeks later, I reported on another likely candidate for the Washington position: Ehud Barak. I noted that Barak as ambassador might be more pleasing to the Leftist Obama administration.

Now, basing itself on an Army Radio report, JPost is reporting again that Dermer is going to be the ambassador.
According to the report, Dermer will replace Oren in Washington in August. Oren's four-year term is set to come to an end.
Army Radio reported that the appointment of Dermer to the post became possible after he was able to rehabilitate his relationship with the Obama administration in recent months following a falling out over his support for Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election.
Dermer has often been mentioned as a potential ambassador to Washington or the United Nations in recent months.
I have met Dermer and he seemed like a nice guy. He also speaks perfect English. But 'rehabilitate his relationship with the Obama administration'? What the heck does that mean? The Obami don't forgive and they don't forget. 

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