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Israel’s New US Ambassador Presents Formal Papers to Obama

The cufflinks gift to Obama depicts a Menorah etching found in Jerusalem which dates back to the year 0. A subtle reminder, perhaps, to those who forget Jews have a millennial connection to Jerusalem.
Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer presented his credentials to US President Obama on Tues. Dec. 3, 2013

Israeli Ambassador to the US Ron Dermer presented his credentials to US President Obama on Tues. Dec. 3, 2013
Photo Credit: Amb. Dermer's Twitter Feed

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In accordance with the ritual known as “credentialing,” Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, presented the official documents naming him to his position to U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 3, at the White House.

The new ambassador signed the White House guest log with this message:

I feel proud and honored to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United States. 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.

Along with the presentation of the formal papers, Dermer also presented Obama with a gift.  It is a pair of custom-made etched menorah cufflinks. The etching is a replica of the etched Menorah Tablet found in the City of David Excavations in ancient Jerusalem.

The Menorah etching dates back to approximately the year 0 of the Common Era. It is one of the earliest depictions of the ancient universal symbol of Judaism. It also is a reminder to those who may otherwise forget, Jews have been in Jerusalem for millennia.

cufflinks given to US Pres. Obama by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, Dec. 3, 2013

cufflinks given to US Pres. Obama by Israeli Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer, Dec. 3, 2013

And just to lighten the mood, Dermer told President Obama that the day probably marked the first time in 40 years that there was a Golda in the Oval Office.  The Golda in the Oval Office 40 years ago, of course, was Golda Meir, the fourth Prime Minister of Israel who held that position from 1969 to 1974. The present Golda is Dermer’s 5 month old daughter.

Dermer, a thoroughly modern diplomat, tweeted the updates to his followers.

Dermer had already presented his credentials to the State Department’s Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns on Friday, Oct. 11, but the formal presentation of papers to the sitting president is the final step in the process.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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9 Responses to “Israel’s New US Ambassador Presents Formal Papers to Obama”

  1. Ben II says:

    Obama is no friend of Israel and Israel is overly reliant on the USA. This isn’t how sovereign nations are, they are partners, not one being reliant on the other.

  2. Quetta Bird says:

    why is B.O. the only one smiling…
    Father God protect us

  3. Yes, Obama is definitely no friend of Israel.. The most hostile president to Israel since Jimmy “Jihad” Carter.

  4. Laura Key says:

    Oboy will trash the gift…. or return it. It is his tactic.

  5. David Lee says:

    Obama is not only no friend to Israel, but is also no friend oft the American people as future history will show.

  6. Yechiel Baum says:

    will it be light by Iranian nuclear power or arab oil since Obama sold out Israel and the world?

  7. May he help to better the relation between Obama and Bibi !

  8. Eran Spiro says:

    Why we jews also vetch so much. Let us look for the lights and not for Darkness Enough with the Oy Vay !

  9. H Fragman Abramson says:

    Nah. He'll more likely sell them. Sold everything else…

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