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Mother of New Ambassador Dermer: He’s a Red-Blooded American

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Ron Dermer, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s choice to succeed American-born Michael Oren as Israel’s Ambassador to the United States, moved to Israel 16 years ago but his mother Yaffa told the Miami Herald, “ I think he’ll do a wonderful job because he’s a red-blooded American.”

Yaffa Dermer, a resident of Florida but born and raised in Israel, quickly added that her son “loves” Israel.

Her son wears a kippa and is modern Orthodox.

He also is a good son, his mother says. “He told me he’s going to visit me a lot.”

 

 

Netanyahu Names American Immigrant Ron Dermer Ambassador to US

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday he is appointing American-born Ron Dermer as Israel’s next Ambassador to the United States, the second American in a row to represent Jerusalem in Washington.

Dermer, who will replace Michael Oren, has served as Prime Minister Netanyahu’s senior adviser for the past four years and served as the economic attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington from 2005 to 2008.

He was born in Florida, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and holds a master’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.

Dermer immigrated to Israel in 1997. He once wrote in the now defunct New York Sun that he “left America because I wanted to help another nation I love defend the freedoms that Americans have long taken for granted.”

Dermer has a background of political activism in the Republican party, having worked with the GOP in the 1994 mid-term elections before going to Oxford. While studying there, he shuttled to Israel to work on behalf of Natan Sharansky and his Yisrael B’Aliyah party.

His appointment gives Prime Minister Netanyahu a close ear in Washington, where Dermer is familiar with back channels, noted JTA’s Ben Sales last year, when Dermer’s name was being floated for the ambassadorial post.

“Netanyahu likes him, respects him and listens to him,” Netanyahu’s former national security adviser Uzi Arad told the JTA. “I often asked for his advice. In many ways he was a guy to listen to. When it came to knowledge and being cultured and erudite and intellectually inclined, that’s him.”

“He understands how Americans view Israelis and how Israelis view Americans,” Mitchell Barak, an Israeli pollster who met Dermer as an adviser to former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, told Sales. “He knows how to work [in Washington] and has personal relations.”

Dermer’s views are strongly nationalist and indicate that Netanyahu is finished with any more “good will” concessions to the Palestinian Authority.

Dermer castigated The New York Times in 2011 with an open letter that attacked its news coverage and its Op-Ed page.

Times columnists “consistently distort the positions of our government and ignore the steps it has taken to advance peace,” Dermer wrote in the letter, which was published in The Jerusalem Post. “It would seem as if the surest way to get an op-ed published in The New York Times these days, no matter how obscure the writer or the viewpoint, is to attack Israel.”

Dermer wrote in 2003 that Israel would be giving up its sovereignty if it were to agree to the Bush “Roadmap” plan.

“It is one thing for Israel to take into consideration what America says,” he wrote. “In fact, Israel’s national interest demands that it do so. But it is quite another to cede to a third party, no matter how friendly, the right to determine Israel’s future.”

Dermer co-authored with Sharansky “The Case for Democracy,” a book that reportedly was a major influence on President George W. Bush..

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Returning Home

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

IDF Radio confirms that Israeli Embassy staff in Egypt are returning home due to security concerns.

It’s not known if Israel’s ambassador will be returning in the near future.

Former Israeli Envoy to UN Says Obama Should Be One-Term President

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Dan Gillerman, former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, spoke at a women’s Zionist conference event Tuesday and told the audience that Barack Obama was a weak President that has forced Israel to “keep apologizing for itself all the time.”

“We shouldn’t have to be on the defensive,” said Gillerman, who also emphasized that the tumult sweeping the Middle East required a change in US leadership to a stronger president.

Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Returns Home Again

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Israeli ambassador to Egypt, Yaakov Amitai, left Egypt on Thursday, reportedly in anticipation of the first anniversary of the January 25 Revolution that led to the ouster of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.

The Israeli government fears that the anniversary may be used by Egyptian demonstrators to incite violence against the Israeli embassy in Cairo.

Demonstrators stormed the embassy in September 2011, causing no injuries but leaving Israeli diplomats unsettled and insecure.

Sources told the Egyptian Ahram Online that Amitai would probably return to Cairo in late January if the anniversary passes without incident.

March 16 – 66th Anniversary Of Krakow Ghetto Liquidation

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

     A few-hundred Kracovians and guests from abroad, including Israel, participated in the annual March of Remembrance. Ghetto survivors, representatives of local authorities, diplomats (including Ann Hall, U.S. Consul General in Krakow and David Peleg, Israeli Ambassador in Poland) and many “ordinary people” came to commemorate those who were killed in the ghetto during WW II. We walked from the former Umschlagplatz in Podgorze to the site of former KL Plaszow.

 

 



Israeli Ambassador, David Peleg, at the remnants of the ghetto walls.


 

 

    The March of Remembrance was inaugurated in early 80s by a group of people who later founded the Jewish Culture Festival Society. It was a very small, semi-private way of commemorating forgotten victims of the Krakow Ghetto. Throughout the years the march kept growing and became Krakow’s central event commemorating the Holocaust.

 

 



Rabbi Edgar Gluck recites Kaddish at the monument for murdered Jews.


 

 

   Among those who participated in the march this year were Jew and non-Jews, survivors and their neighbors, people of different professions, ages and backgrounds. In recent years, there are more and more visitors from Israel coming especially to the March of Remembrance. In many cases this is the first time they have returned to their former homeland since the Shoah. Quite a few came with members of their families and friends.

 

 



Representatives of local authorities and Rabbi Edgar Gluck


 

 

   For those who have been involved in the organization of the march from the very beginning, there is one very important element. Although it has become an official event, the march has not lost its spontaneous character and is first of all a manifestation of feelings of each individual attending the March of Remembrance.

 

 


The monument at the Plaszow concentration camp in Krakow

 

 


  Correction – Last week the caption on two of the pictures in this column were inadvertently switched, Rabbi Michael Schudrich was seen reading the Megillahin Warsaw and Rabbi Gluck was seen with a member of his congregation in Krakow after reading the Megillah.

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