Statement from The Israel Project’s President & CEO Josh Block on Michael Oren Leaving Office

WASHINGTON, DC - TIP extends enormous gratitude to Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, upon his announcement that he will wrap up his tenure in Washington later this year.

An invaluable asset to the U.S.-Israel alliance, Ambassador Oren has made a powerful and lasting contribution to the strength and vitality of America’s special relationship with the Jewish State – our closest, most reliable and important ally in the Middle East. It is hard to think of another Israeli official who better understands the intense nature of today’s media environment and the importance of ensuring that the press, opinion leaders, decision makers and the American people get accurate facts and information about Israel and the Middle East. The heart of TIP's unique mission.

His tireless work as the steward of Israel’s connection to President Obama, Congress, the American media, the pro-Israel community and the American public, has made an immeasurable contribution to the advancement of Israel's security, economic vigor and place as a key pillar of America’s national interest and security.

Ambassador Oren’s dedication to the American-Israel alliance will no doubt continue long after he has left the Ambassadorship this fall. His expertise is one of the best assets available to the pro-Israel community and we look forward to working with him throughout the rest of his tenure in Washington, D.C., and long into the future.

TIP also congratulates Ambassador-Designate Ron Dermer, as he prepares to assume the post later this year. Like Ambassador Oren, Ambassador-Designate Dermer brings to the position tremendous savvy, ability to make Israel's case, and understanding of the stakes for Israel and the Jewish People. We look forward to working with him.

Ambassador-Designate Dermer, who happens to be a native of Florida, is widely respected in Washington and commended by diplomats and officials of both parties for his work on behalf of Israel and the U.S.-Israel relationship. Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) recently praised his vital role in forging warm and intimate ties between U.S. leaders and the Prime Minister of Israel, and fellow Florida Congresswoman and former Chair of the House International Relations Committee Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) calls him a "terrific" choice as Israel's next ambassador to the United States.

The State of Israel and the Jewish People are enormously blessed to have such capable, passionate and articulate representatives in Washington. We extend out best wishes and warmest congratulations to the people of Israel, their government and the Prime Minister, and to both Michael Oren and Ron Dermer and their families.

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