Daniel Shapiro

Obama taps Shapiro for U.S. envoy to Israel

03/10/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama nominated Daniel Shapiro to be the United States ambassador to Israel, signaling an intensification of U.S. involvement in the region.

Obama made the formal announcement on Wednesday; it had been rumored for weeks.

Shapiro, currently the top National Security Council official handling Israel and the region, would replace James Cunningham.

Shapiro, 41, is active in the Washington D.C. Jewish community and he would be the first Jewish ambassador to Israel since Daniel Kurtzer, who served from 2001 to 2005.

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