Dan Shapiro 311 [file].
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Dan Shapiro became the new US ambassador to Israel on Friday, in a celebratory
swearing-in ceremony in Washington led by Secretary of State Hillary
Dan Shapiro named next US ambassador
Clinton expressed full confidence in Shapiro’s ability to
represent the US and the Obama administration.
“He will help write a new
chapter in the enduring partnership between United States and Israel,” she said.
“He is known rightly as a trusted partner and an honest
Shapiro’s talent, insight, hard work and good humor made
him a favorite in Washington, Clinton added.
Shapiro, born in 1969, has
regularly traveled to Israel and worked closely with then-US Middle East envoy
George Mitchell to try to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace
Shapiro first began working with Obama in 2007 when he
coordinated Jewish outreach and advised his presidential campaign on Middle East
He speaks fluent Hebrew and has been a major point man for the US
Jewish community in the White House, as well as with Israeli and Palestinian
Shapiro said that, for him, being the ambassador to Israel was
more than a job or a cause: “It is a calling and a passion.”
first speech in the role, he said Obama had instructed him to make Israel’s
security his top priority. “This we are doing by raising the remarkable
cooperation and coordination between our militaries and our intelligence
services to their highest levels ever,” he said.
Among the guests at the
ceremony were the ambassadors of Israel, Turkey and Morocco, and former IDF
chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. (res.) Gabi Ashkenazi.
Shapiro spent his
sophomore year in Israel, and then obtained a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis
University in 1991 in Near Eastern and Judaic Studies.
In January 2009,
he was appointed senior director for the Middle East and North Africa of the US
National Security Council. Shapiro and his family are members of the
Conservative Jewish Adas Israel Congregation in Washington.