August 26, 2020 | Foreign Podicy

Ron Dermer on Israel in a Changing Middle East

August 26, 2020 Foreign Podicy

Ron Dermer on Israel in a Changing Middle East

About

Ambassador Ron Dermer has been Israel’s ambassador to the United States since 2013 – not an uneventful period for Israel, America and the Middle East. Most recently he has been encouraged by the prospect of Israel and the United Arab Emirates normalizing relations, and by President Trump’s decision to “snap back” sanctions on Iran’s hostile rulers. Also on his mind: why Palestinian leaders would be smart to resume negotiations with Israeli leaders (and why they almost certainly won’t), and the threat posed by Hezbollah, the most powerful political and military force in Lebanon, a state suffering multiple crises. Ambassador Dermer discusses these and other issues with Foreign Podicy host Cliff May.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo greets Israel's ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer, before delivering a keynote address at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C. (Getty Images)

Issues:

Arab Politics Gulf States Hezbollah International Organizations Iran Iran Global Threat Network Israel Lebanon Palestinian Politics