Amb. Dermer: No to a Hostile Palestinian State

Ambassador denies Israel changed its position on a Palestinian state, brushes off calls for him to leave his post.

Gil Ronen ,

Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer
Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer

Israel's US Ambassador, Ron Dermer, denied on Sunday that Israel has changed its position on the possibility of the establishment of a Palestinian state.

The prime minister “didn't say what the president and others seem to suggest that he's saying," Dermer replied. "And he was very clear about it in his interview with Andrea Mitchell. He didn't change his position. He didn't run around giving interviews saying he's now against the Palestinian state."

Dermer added, however, that the "circumstances over the last few years" have changed. "We have a collapse of a 100-year order in the Middle East. And militant Islam is charging into the void. That's the first thing that changed," he explained.

Israel, he stated, is not "in favor of a Palestinian state that will continue to wage war against Israel."

The ambassador also responded to suggestions that relations between the US and Israel would improve if he leaves his post.

"I serve at the pleasure of the Israeli government and the Israeli prime minister," said Dermer. "And as long as they have confidence in me, I will continue to do everything I can to not only advance my country's interests, but to work to strengthen the relationship between the United States and Israel."