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      Amb. Oren Calling It Quits This Year

      U.S. Ambassador says he is ending his term in the fall. His replacement might be Ron Dermer.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 7/6/2013, 9:43 PM

      Michael B. Oren
      Michael B. Oren
      צילום: פלאש 90

      Israel's Ambassador in the United States, Michael Oren, announced Friday evening on his Facebook page that he will end his term in the fall.

      According to Globes, there were rumors several months ago that Oren wishes to remain in his position for an additional year. He has been serving as ambassador since being appointed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in 2009.

      Globes quotes "assessments in Washington" according to which Oren will be replaced by Ron Dermer, a trusted confidante of Netanyahu. The assessments are unconfirmed.

      "After more than four years, during which I had the honor of serving as Israel's ambassador to our most important ally, the United States of America, I will conclude my term this fall," wrote Oren on his Facebook page.

      "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, President Barack Obama, the Congress, and the American people. Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer bonds.

      "I want to thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for affording me this extraordinary opportunity and to the communities which have hosted me so warmly across the United States. I look forward to continue serving the people of Israel in the future and further strengthening the historic U.S.-Israel alliance."