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Israeli Embassy Denies Ron Dermer Rumor

Reports had Dermer replacing Michael Oren as Israeli ambassador to U.S.

Adam Chandler
December 31, 2012
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AFP/GETTY IMAGES)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu(AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

On Friday, we noted that a report had been making the rounds naming Ron Dermer, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Tablet profilee, as Michael Oren’s successor as the Israeli ambassador to the United States.

The report, which claims that the American-born Dermer would take over for Oren in the spring of next year, has since been denied as “baseless” by the Israeli embassy. Today, some are speculating that the floating of Dermer’s name for the ambassadorship is simply a trial balloon.

In the meantime, my mother is nominating Michael Oren for Israeli ambassador to Texas.

Adam Chandler was previously a staff writer at Tablet. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, Slate, Esquire, New York, and elsewhere. He tweets @allmychandler.