Scoop: Netanyahu to extend Ambassador Ron Dermer's term in D.C.

Dermer at Trump Tower the week after the election. Photo: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided, in a unorthodox move, to extend the term of Israel's ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer by another year.

Why it matters: Dermer is the most politically oriented ambassador Israel has ever had in Washington and is perceived as being totally affiliated with the GOP. He is the closest adviser Netanyahu has, other than his wife and his son, and among the most influential foreign diplomats in Washington.