A Miami Beach native and son of a Miami Beach mayor has been named as the new Israeli ambassador to the U.S.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday he's appointed Ron Dermer to succeed the outgoing Michel Oren. Dermer has most recently served as Netanyahu's senior adviser and previously served as the economic attaché at the Israeli Embassy in Washington.
Dermer is 42, married and the father of five children. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business, he and holds a master's degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford.
Netanyahu said in a statement that Dermer "has all the qualities necessary to successfully fill this important post. I have known him for many years and I know that Ron will faithfully represent the State of Israel in the capital of our greatest ally – the USA. On behalf of the citizens of Israel, I wish him great success."