Israeli Ambassador to U.S. Oren Announces Leaving Post

Michael Oren, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S., said today he will step down “in the fall” after more than four years in the post.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the state of Israel and its government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the United States,” Oren said in a statement today. Oren didn’t say what he will do next or who will replace him.

“I look forward to continue serving the people of Israel in the future and further strengthening the historic U.S.-Israel alliance,” Oren said.

Netanyahu plans to pick a former adviser, Ron Dermer, for the ambassador’s post in Washington, according to the Jerusalem Post, citing a report on Army Radio.

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