It has taken strong determination and intellect to defend Israel, a point illustrated by Alan Dershowitz’s The Case for Israel. The current Israeli ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer has spent much of his career in the same path. According to a recent NYT article:
More than two decades and a renounced American citizenship later, Mr. Dermer is the Israeli ambassador to the United States, with such a close relationship to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he has been called “Bibi’s brain.” He is now at liberty to make a full-throated case for Israel.
His connections with Frank Luntz at the University of Pennsylvania, work with Natan Saharnsky to create a new immigrant party in Israel, and “hawkish columns for The Jerusalem Post and informally advising Mr. Netanyahu” all led him to his current position.
By that time, Israel had captured Mr. Dermer’s imagination. “Israel is perceived internationally as this big bully,” he said. “I saw it very differently.”