WASHINGTON – New United States Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro on Friday was sworn in by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a ceremony attended by hundreds of guests at the State Department building in Washington.We learn a bit more about Shapiro from Haaretz:
Guests included former IDF Chief of Staff Gabi Ashkenazi, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren, the ambassadors of Turkey and Morocco, as well as congressmen.
Shapiro made a speech in English, and concluded with a greeting in Hebrew, expressing hope for friendship and cooperation between the United States and Israel.
Shapiro, 42, arrived in Israel for the first time at the age of four during the Yom Kippur War and later on studied in Jerusalem.
He has visited Israel dozens of times, and has repeatedly expressed his deep connection with the Jewish State.
During his speech, Shapiro said his first instruction from US President Barack Obama was to maintain Israel’s security, adding that he will act against attempts to isolate and delegitimize Israel.
...he acted as U.S. President Barack Obama's adviser on the Middle East and Jewish community relations during Obama’s presidential campaign.This guy certainly doesn't sound like "an honest interlocutor" to me! Does he to you? The article continues:
At the ceremony, Clinton said she has every confidence in Shapiro’s ability to represent the country and the Obama Administration, and to help them "write a new chapter in the enduring partnership between United States and Israel.”
Clinton spoke of Shapiro’s many merits, saying his talent, insight, hard work and good humor made him a favorite in Washington. ”He is known rightly as a trusted partner and an honest interlocutor,” she added.
On the peace process, Clinton reiterated what Obama described in May as the basis for negotiations, being a secure Israel and a viable Palestine. “By sending one of his closest advisors to be our new ambassador, President Obama is once again demonstrating not only our national commitment, but his personal commitment to the strength of this relationship to Israel’s future, its security, and its success,” she said.Remember folks, these are the same people who were behind 9/11, so if they're raising the "cooperation and coordination" of the Zionist military and intelligence complex to the "highest levels ever," what's next?
In his first speech on the job, Shapiro said that, for him, being the U.S. ambassador to Israel was more than a job or a cause; “It is a calling and a passion.”
Shapiro said Obama 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. In addition, he said his job entails safeguarding Israel’s future as a Jewish, democratic state and working to expand the depth and breadth of the bonds between the Israeli and American people, including their “burgeoning economic relationship.”
I'm sure you're also familiar with the recently passed $649 billion
WASHINGTON, July 8 (Reuters) - A $649 billion defense spending bill for next year easily passed the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday after four days of debate in which war-weary lawmakers sought to curb President Barack Obama's combat operations in Afghanistan and Libya.Billions for war, not a dime for you and your family or the things you actually pay taxes for. We've got to stop supporting any individual in Congress who votes to fund these criminal Zionist-engineered wars of aggression against the Muslim world.
The measure, approved 336-87 in the Republican-dominated House, would raise the Pentagon's base budget for the 2012 fiscal year beginning on Oct. 1 by about $17 billion over current levels, despite intense pressure to slash the $1.4 trillion U.S. deficit.
The House cut about $8 billion from Obama's overall defense spending request, voting to provide about $530 billion for the Pentagon's primary budget and another $119 billion for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Obama asked for about $690 billion for military spending for 2012. This House bill does not include funds for U.S. nuclear weapons programs or military construction, which come in other bills and add about $33 billion to defense spending.