The United States's deep commitment to Israel's security and democracy was reaffirmed on
Tuesday by US Ambassador Dan Shapiro in an address to the Israel Britain and the
Speaking at the Leonardo Hotel in Ramat Gan,
Shapiro recalled a recent visit that he made to Beersheba following a round of
rocket fire from Gaza. It was a reminder of the fragile security situation, he
said, adding "No other country in the world faces that kind of onslaught on its
citizens." As the father of three young daughters Shapiro said that he could
understand the panic of residents in the south when the sirens go off and
parents are looking to protect their children.
President Barack Obama
also understands that, said Shapiro, who organized Obama's 2008 visit to Israel
when Obama was initially campaigning for president.
visit led him to accelerate support for the Iron Dome system said Shapiro, noting
that Iron Dome batteries have intercepted 50 rockets from Gaza with an 80 per
cent success rate, which Shapiro termed "an amazing achievement."
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