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Dermer to the Defense

Binyamin Rose, Washington, DC

Nothing makes Ron Dermer angrier than seeing Israel unfairly accused in the international arena. As Israel’s ambassador to the US, he is influential in presenting Israel’s positions to its best friend and ally. And when he does, he says it with eloquence, with passion, and most of all, with a conviction born from his belief in the justice of Israel’s cause, and in the endurance of the Jewish People.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

These are challenging and difficult days for Ron Dermer, just as they have been for all Israelis and Jews around the world.Dermer, the 18th person to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United States, has been making the rounds on the major network and syndicated talk shows, such as CNN, Fox News, and Charlie Rose, restating Israel’s case in the aftermath of the kidnappings and brutal murders of Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer, and Naftali Fraenkel Hy”d.Israel’s launch of a military operation to crack down on Hamas, whom it blames for the murders, is being met with the usual calls for Israel to “show restraint,” even as barrages of rockets rain down on southern Israel.Born and bred in sultry Miami Beach, Florida, in what he called an “idyllic upbringing,” far from any battlefield,RonDermermade aliyah in 1997. Forced to relinquish his US citizenship in 2005 when he took an official post with the Israeli government, to this day, he makes Israel’s case to the various media outlets with his still-American mentality.“I was born in that culture and I think as an American would think. When faced with different challenges,” says Dermer, “I always ask myself the famous WWAD question: ‘What Would America Do?’“This goes back to the mid-’90s, when there would be a bus or suicide bombing and I would think, What would America do if something like this happened? I always ask, what would America do if 2,000 rockets landed on the country, or if 20 rockets landed on a city? It was obvious to me what America would do and the steps that America would take, which would be much more severe.“Israel was always being accused of all these wild charges and I always wanted to do anything I could to defend the Jewish People and the Jewish state. That’s what motivated me to come to Israel. But when I made the decision to move to Israel, I didn’t think that I was going to be ambassador one day.” 

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