The United States and Israel are coordinated on steps being taken to combat Iran's perceived nuclear threat and the two allies have been planning to ensure "all other options" are available, the U.S. ambassador to Israel said on Thursday.
Dan Shapiro, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, said the United States will continue security cooperation with Israel "to even greater levels."
President Obama nominated Daniel Shapiro to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel, signaling an intensification of American involvement in the region. Obama made the formal announcement Wednesday; it had been rumored for weeks. Shapiro, currently the top National Security Council official handling Israel and the region, would succeed James Cunningham.
When Middle East peace envoy George Mitchell sat down for an interview before a crowd of nearly 1,000 in Washington, D.C., last year, his interlocutor, New York Times columnist David Brooks, wondered why the political heavyweight had agreed to openly discuss a matter as sensitive as his diplomatic efforts. “Dan Shapiro told me to come,” Mitchell told Brooks and the standing-room-only crowd at the District’s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue. “When he gave me the order, I saluted.”
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