The Jerusalem Post

Former envoy Ron Dermer joins JINSA think tank

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Former ambassador to the US Ron Dermer joined the Jewish Institute for National Security of America as a distinguis­hed fellow at its Gemunder Center for Defense and Strategy, the think tank announced on Tuesday.

Dermer will focus on strengthen­ing the alliance between Israel and the US, addressing the threat posed by Iran, regional opportunit­ies following the Abraham Accords and combating efforts to weaken Israel.

Dermer served as ambassador to the US from 2013 to 2021, with the transfer of the US Embassy to Jerusalem and the signing of the Abraham Accords taking place during his tenure.

JINSA works to educate congressio­nal, military and civilian national security decision-makers on American defense and strategic interests, with a focus on the Middle East and relations with Israel.

“Like Israel, JINSA punches well beyond its weight,” Dermer said concerning his joining JINSA. “It is an invaluable resource in both thinking about the strategic challenges facing the United States and Israel and in crafting policies that can meet those challenges. From formulatin­g policies that would effectivel­y confront the danger of a nuclear Iran to advocating for a US-Israel mutual defense treaty to making the case for prepositio­ning US weapons in Israel, Mike Makovsky and his colleagues at JINSA have done incredible work.

“I look forward to partnering with JINSA on developing ways to further strengthen the unique alliance been America and Israel and advance peace and security in the Middle East.”

Michael Makovsky, JINSA’s president and CEO, said he is “thrilled” to have Dermer join the organizati­on.

“As one of the leading foreign policy minds and practition­ers of his generation, who has so much knowledge and has been so influentia­l on a range of issues critical to US-Israel relations, Ron will help make JINSA an even more important resource in Washington and Jerusalem, and in the policy debate across the United States,” he said. “He is also a real mensch, a longtime friend, and it will be a real pleasure for me personally to work more closely with him.”

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RON DERMER (Reuters)

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