The Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) welcomes the nomination of Daniel Shapiro as the United States Ambassador to Israel. Shapiro is presently the National Security Councils Senior Director for the Middle East and North Africa. Prior to that, he served on the staffs of U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Bill Nelson (D-FL). He also served on the National Security Council under President Bill Clinton.
ZOA President Morton A. Klein said, I have known Dan since his days on Capitol Hill. Although we did not always agree on every issue relating to Israel, one thing was always clear Dan was deeply committed to Israels safety and security and strong U.S.-Israel relations. He speaks fluent Hebrew, his beautiful daughters all have Hebrew names, and his parents would openly admit that theyre kvelling!
During his recent work for President Obama, we have had disagreements about this administrations policy toward Israel. But Dan has always spoken to us, patiently and carefully explaining the administrations position, and he does so with aplomb, with concern, and with intense appreciation of the other sides position. In addition, Dan is exceptionally bright and understands the facts surrounding the Arab war against Israel.
I think that of all those candidates who have been considered for this position, Dan stands out as the best possible choice. We look forward to Dans confirmation and to working closely with him in the future.