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List of ambassadors of Israel to the United States

The office of the Israeli Ambassador to the United States of America is the ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary from the State of Israel to the United States of America. It is generally regarded as the most prestigious position in the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs due to the close diplomatic and military relationship between the two countries.

Ambassador of Israel to the United States
שגריר ישראל בארצות הברית
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Ron Dermer 12-2013.jpg
Ron Dermer

since September 30, 2013
NominatorPrime Minister of Israel
Inaugural holderEliahu Eilat

The ambassador and the embassy staff at large work at the Israeli Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Three ambassadors have been American citizens, Arens was naturalized and Oren and Dermer were born in the United States.

List of AmbassadorsEdit

  1. Eliahu Eilat, 1948–1950
  2. Abba Eban, 1950–1959
  3. Avraham Harman, 1959–1968
  4. Yitzhak Rabin, 1968–1973
  5. Simcha Dinitz, 1973–1979
  6. Ephraim Evron, 1979–1982
  7. Moshe Arens, 1982–1983
  8. Meir Rosenne, 1983–1987
  9. Moshe Arad, 1987–1990
  10. Zalman Shoval, 1990–1993
  11. Itamar Rabinovich, 1993–1996
  12. Eliahu Ben-Elissar, 1996–1998
  13. Zalman Shoval, 1998–1999
  14. David Ivry, 1999–2002
  15. Daniel Ayalon, 2002–2006
  16. Sallai Meridor, 2006–2009
  17. Michael Oren, 2009–2013
  18. Ron Dermer, 2013–present

See alsoEdit


  • "Former Ambassadors to the U.S." Archived from the original on March 16, 2008. Retrieved December 14, 2005.
  • "Israeli Ambassadors to the United States (1948-Present)". Jewish Virtual Library.