Israeli ambassador leaving post this fall

“I am grateful for the opportunity to represent the State of Israel and its Government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, to the United States, President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama to visit Kenya, South Africa for Obama Foundation in July Overnight Energy: EPA declines to write new rule for toxic spills | Senate blocks move to stop Obama water rule | EPA bought 'tactical' pants and polos Clarifying the power of federal agencies could offer Trump a lasting legacy MORE, the Congress, and the American people,” Oren said in a statement on his Facebook page. 

“Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer bonds.” 

Oren, who was born in upstate New York, had to give up his American citizenship to become ambassador.

Israel's Army Radio reported last week that Oren is expected to be replaced by Ron Dermer, a U.S.-born Israel who helped organize Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney's trip to Jerusalem in 2012.