Ron Dermer And Michael Oren Share Similar Backgrounds
07/09/2013 - 15:02
Gary Rosenblatt

With the choice of Ron Dermer as Israel’s next Ambassador to the U.S., Prime Minister Netanyahu finally will have his man in Washington, one he trusts completely and who shares his worldview.

Dermer’s name first came to the public attention as a possible candidate about six months ago.

A native of Florida, he has served Netanyahu’s most senior advisor and consultant and will succeed Michael Oren (also born in the U.S.), a highly praised historian and author who was a highly effective public face of Israel here, though given low grades by colleagues for his managerial skills.

Both men exemplify qualities of proud Americans and committed Zionists, men who gave up promising careers in the U.S., and their American citizenship, to live in and work for the State of Israel.

Dermer, 42, is a gifted writer, having crafted speeches for the prime minister and co-authored Natan Sharansky’s 2005 book, “The Case For Democracy.” He was believed to be close to the Mitt Romney presidential campaign and comes from a political family. His father, Jay, was mayor of Miami Beach, as was his brother, David.

Dermer made aliyah in 1996, soon after receiving degrees from the Wharton School of Finance and Oxford University. He is a skilled orator and shows flashes of feistiness in discussion and debate.

He served as minister of economic affairs at the Israeli Embassy in Washington from 2005 to 2007, appointed by then-finance minister Netanyahu, and had to revoke his U.S. citizenship to take the post.

Oren, 48, who gave up his U.S. citizenship in 2009 to become ambassador, has taught at several prominent universities in Israel and the U.S., and written books on Mideast history, including “Six Days of War: June 1967 and the Making of the Modern Middle East.”

He plans to write another book on the Mideast after he leaves Washington.

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I had the privilege of attending the presentation by Ambassador Oren to the senior class at the U.S. Naval
Academy in 2012, at a time when there were press-reported differences of opinion between Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Obama. In his presentation, the Ambassador highlighted and drove-home the long, important and cooperative relationship that has existed, and unquestionably continues to exist, between
the U. S. and Israel.In addition, he spoke, in great detail, about conditions in the Middle East, and the shared interests and the potential effects on both countries. This was an important event to an important audience (only 1.0% of the Midshipmen are Jewish) which favorably and enthusiastically received and welcomed the Ambassador's comments. Ambassador Oren did a great job for the State of Israel (and for the U.S.).

Dermer has spent his life as a political operator Michael Oren is a serious scholar this job is his first involvement with govt (and I am sure his last) also if you look through Dermer's statemens/writings and those of Michael Oren you would see polar differences.
Also fact check Oren's age he yoo're off be a decade. As for choosing the #1 insider booster of Romney in bibi's circle who assured him that Romney would win....let's call it a not very diplomatich choice.

Oren is 58, not 48.

Mr. Demer seems to seems to have qualifications to be the next Ambassador to the U.S. His poltical baggage may lend itself to Israel attempting to manage the American political process. Neither he nor Israel should attempt to do that. From personal experience, Mr. Oran served Israel well. Mr. Demer has big shoes to fill