For those who missed it and those who just might care, the new American Ambassador to Israel is Dan Shapiro, who was sworn in by Hillary Clinton in front of a power packed audience on Friday. Shapiro described his passion for the job and said that President Obama had instructed him that Israel’s security is his top priority. Now some of us old fashioned types have long believed that an American ambassador is supposed to represent US interests, but that is apparently no longer the case, at least when Israel is involved. Even assuming that Obama is dissimulating just a tad to burnish his pro-Israeli credentials, the assertion that Israel’s security is job number one should be producing some indigestion somewhere in the media or punditocracy, but, alas, I cannot find it.
Shapiro was director for the Middle East and North Africa at the National Security Council after serving as Obama’s adviser on the Middle East and Jewish community relations. He has a BA in Jewish Studies from Brandeis University and an MA from Harvard.