Obama Nominates New U.S. Envoy to Israel

Daniel Shapiro nominated for post of U.S. ambassador to Israel.

Published: March 10th 2011
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Daniel Shapiro

U.S. President Barack Obama has made it official; he's nominating Daniel Shapiro for the post of U.S. ambassador to Israel, foreshadowing an increase in American involvement in the area.


While the announcement that Shapiro, 41, would succeed James Cunningham had been rumored for weeks, Obama made it official on March 9th.


Shapiro, who speaks Hebrew, will be the first Jewish ambassador to Israel since Daniel Kurtzer, who served from 2001 to 2005.


He would be the first non-foreign service officer ambassador since Martin Indyk, who held the position prior to Kurtzer.


Appointees such as Shapiro, who come from a tight knit group of president's close advisers, generally signify intensification of U.S. involvement in the region.

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