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Epic fail: Israel's ambassador to US lambasted on Twitter during #AskDermer Q&A

Published time: July 17, 2014 16:54
Ron Dermer, Ambassador of Israel to the United States  (AFP Photo / Chris Kleponis)

Ron Dermer, Ambassador of Israel to the United States (AFP Photo / Chris Kleponis)

Israel’s Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer received fierce backlash on Thursday as he defended his country’s Operation Protective Edge offensive on Gaza during a Twitter Q&A.

According to the latest Pew Research polling on the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, Americans still heavily lean toward sympathizing with Israel. Yet Dermer urged those who oppose Israel's military actions to ask him any questions so he could clarify his government's position. So they did, but the result was probably not the one that Dermer expected.

Israel’s offensive on Gaza that has killed 220 Palestinians as of Wednesday, 80 percent of which have been civilians, according to the United Nations. Meanwhile, only one Israeli has died as a result of rockets shot into Israel.

#AskDermer trended worldwide on Thursday, as a significant number of questions related to the four Palestinian children killed Wednesday on a Gaza beach by shelling from Israeli Defense Forces.

Dermer largely steered clear of tough questions. Some of the more substantive of his answers in the session regarded settlements rights of Jews and Palestinians, and claims of Israeli genocide of Palestinians.

Dermer couldn’t help but leave the session with a dose of snark.