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July 5, 2013 5:49 pm

Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to U.S., Stepping Down This Fall

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Israel Ambassador Michael Oren talks to Stephen Colbert. Photo: Screenshot.

JNS.orgMichael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. since July 2009, announced on Friday that he plans to step down from the position this fall.

“Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer bonds,” Oren said in a statement on his Facebook page.

Oren, who grew up in New Jersey, is Israel’s first American-born ambassador to the U.S., and his replacement could be the second. In late June, Army Radio reported that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would appoint his close aide Ron Dermer, a native of Miami Beach, Fla., as Oren’s successor.

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  • Noevil9

    Does any one see any problem with American born citizens declaring loyalty to a foreign state,and working in America for that other foreign country, or its just me ? Israel seems to have many of this taken,replaced or double loyalty. No conflict?!

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I am deeply saddened by Dr. Oren’s resignation as Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Here I speak as an American citizen and Israeli citizen. I would aver that no other leader in contemporary Israel has the education, experience, moxie, maturity, and mentality to fit the position to the extent that Dr. Oren has for these past four years. Not only is he a world-renowned historian, a professor, and an IDF officer; but he is a man of integrity above and beyond every Israeli leader in office today. As an appointee, he has devoted himself selflessly to the daunting task of working with an American president and administration that has at once been extremely helpful to Israeli security and extremely contentious relating to Israel’s greatest nemesis Iran. I can only hope and pray that Dr. Oren’s successor will display the probity in his or her new position that is requisite as Israeli Ambassador to the United States. Such a position requires a high degree of humility and patience so adeptly demonstrated by Dr. Oren. To be successful, Dr. Oren’s successor will also need to comport him-or herself with such aplomb as is fitting the Israeli Ambassador to the United States of America. There will be no room for error, especially at this time in world history. So much is at stake.


    Michael Oren has been outstanding.

    Israel and the United States will both sorely miss him. A