Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer presented his credentials to President Obama at the White House on Tuesday of last week.
“I feel proud and honored to serve as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States,” he wrote in the White House guestbook. “America is a country to which the Jewish people owe so much and to which I, as a son of America, am so personally indebted. I look forward to working with you and your administration to make the bonds between Israel and America stronger than ever.”
Prior to his arrival in Washington, Dermer was an adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who appointed him ambassador in July.
A native of Miami Beach, Florida, Dermer earned degrees from the Wharton School of the University Pennsylvania and from Oxford University. Following his studies, he moved to Israel, at 26. In 2004, with Natan Sharansky, he co-authored The Case for Democracy, a best-selling book. From 2005 to 2008, he served as Israel’s minister for economic affairs to the United States. Upon returning to Israel, he joined the Prime Minister’s Office, where he served until March 2013.