Remarks by former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro to the Israel Policy Forum

December 6, 2016, New York As Prepared for Delivery  Good evening. And thank you for that generous introduction—and for this most generous honor. I also want to thank you on behalf of President Obama, Vice President Biden, and Secretary of State Kerry, and the entire National Security team. I am here tonight largely for the ...
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November 29, 2016 – Remarks by former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the Sderot Social Conference (as delivered)

Sapir Academic College Introduction Good afternoon.  It is an honor to address you on the anniversary of Kaf-Tet B’November, 1947. I think I will leave it to the acclaimed historians you will hear from later today to analyze what happened that day, how we got there and what happened afterwards. I would like to use ...
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November 23, 2016 – Remarks by former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference (As Prepared)

U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro. (photo credit:MARC ISRAEL SELLEM) Thank you and also a belated “Mazal Tov” to Yaakov Katz, who recently took over as Editor-in-Chief of the Jerusalem Post. I want to thank Yaakov, and also David Brinn, the Managing Editor, and all those who worked on this year’s conference. I am starting to ...
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November 22, 2016 – Remarks by former Ambassador Dan Shapiro at the Israel Energy & Business Convention

A U.S. Perspective on Regional Gas Connections [AS DELIVERED]  Thank you Dr. Mor.  It is a pleasure to speak again at the Israeli Energy and Business Convention.  I commend you and the other organizers of this conference who have put together another wonderful agenda that is insightful and extremely relevant.  I also wish to extend ...
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former Ambassador Shapiro trip to Dimona began at Mayor’s Benny Biton’s

Ambassador Shapiro trip to Dimona began at Mayor’s Benny Biton’s office together with all municipal leaders. The Ambassador then visited Appelman School and was welcomed by Chief Rabbi of Dimona Yitzhak Elefant, Rabbi Aaron Moshe Shukrun‎, Principal Vered Sabo and proceeded to field questions from the students. Ambassador Shapiro moved on to tour Brenmiller Energy ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro Address to the 2016 Ministry of Finance Budget

Ambassador Daniel Shapiro Address to the 2016 Ministry of Finance Budget Division Annual Conference in Memory of those Lost in the Yom Kippur War Theme: Shared Efforts on Shared Economic Challenges Convention Center, Jerusalem November 8, 2016 “as delivered” Good afternoon.  If you were living on the planet Saturn, you may not know that the ...
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Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited Baka Algharbeyyeh

This week Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited Baka Algharbeyyeh, Qalanswa and Taibeh in the part of central Israel known as ‘the Triangle’. The highlights included visiting the Al Qasemi College for Engineering and Sciences, meeting with alumni of our The U.S.-Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Youth Exchange and Study Program -Israel Arab Community programs, health professionals and families participating in a USG-funded project with Beit Issie Shapiro , touring the city of Taibeh and doing ...
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Sukkot with Former US Ambassador Dan Shapiro

Ambassador Dan Shapiro Yesterday Julie and I hosted Arutz Sheva – Israel National News for a tour of our sukkah. Sukkot is one of our favorite holidays and a great opportunity to invite friends to be ushpizin at our sukkah and our home. Happy Sukkot to everyone! Sukkot with US Ambassador Dan Shapiro Speaking from ...
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October 6, 2016 – Remarks by Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro at The AACI Memorial Ceremony

[As prepared] I would like to begin by thanking the National Memorial Committee of the Association of Americans and Canadians in Israel for organizing this very significant and important ceremony.  Thank you Donna Grushka and Rabbi Karzen for your tireless and dedicated work in helping us remember the fallen. Sadly, this year there are 13 ...
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September 11, 2016 – Remarks by Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro at The Institute for Counterterrorism 16th World Summit

Remarks by Ambassador Dan Shapiro at The Institute for Counterterrorism 16th World Summit on Counterterrorism Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya Sunday, September 11, 2016 Good evening and thank you Jonathan for the kind introduction. Professor Reichman and Professor Ganor, thank you for inviting me again this year to speak at this solemn memorial. I deeply appreciate the ...
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September 11, 2016 – Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro 9/11 Memorial Ceremony (as prepared)

Remarks of Ambassador Daniel Shapiro 9/11 Memorial Ceremony Co-Sponsored by KKL and JNF-USA Emek Arazim, Jerusalem September 11, 2016 To our friends and colleagues who are with us today in solidarity, including Israeli public officials led by Mayor Nir Barkat, Deputy Minister Michael Oren, and Deputy Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Jeremy ...
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Talking “dugri”: Former Ambassador Shapiro meets Israeli beit midrash youth in Beit Shamesh

On Thursday, September 1, 2016, U.S. Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, met with a hundred teenagers from Beit Shemesh as a part of the school-year opening event, “Israeli Youth Beit Midrash” in Ramat Beit Shemesh. Ambassador Shapiro shared his personal and professional experiences as the U.S. Ambassador to Israel, and as an advisor to President Obama in the White House. ...
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U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon visited southern Israel

On August 29, U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon visited southern Israel. He stopped at the Kerem Shalom crossing point to see how goods enter and leave the Gaza Strip, was briefed on and toured a Hamas tunnel that had been discovered by the IDF, and met with local residents from ...
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Students’ Achievements Inspire Former U.S. Ambassador

Ambassador Shapiro visited the AMIT Network’s Gogya Center in Kfar Batya youth village to see how this center for excellence in teacher training is revolutionizing the future of education in Israel.  Inspired by educational experts in the U.S., the Center is equipped with colorful modern architecture and multi-media interactive technology for enhancing the learning experience ...
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June 30, 2016 – Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the Embassy’s Fourth of July Reception

A TRIBUTE TO OUR FOUNDERS Good evening everyone, and welcome! Tonight is a celebration, but before I begin my remarks, I must acknowledge the terrible tragedy and outrage that is on all of our minds.  The murder of 13-year-old Hallel Ariel, z”l, was an unspeakable act of terrorism.  I want to restate my government’s and ...
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June 29, 2016 – Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Taube Family Campus at Hebrew Union College

Mayor Barkat, Chairman Sharansky, President Panken, Dean Kelman, and to all the faculty, staff and students of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, and to representatives of the Union of Reform Judaism, it is a great honor to join you tonight. Thank you for the generous invitation to join this historic gathering, which I ...
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ORT students Crossing the bridge with Google Hangouts

Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro met with Jewish and Arab 10th grade students from the ORT Network who participated in a State Department-funded English innovative grant “Hangouts for Negotiation.”  One hundred and forty-four Jewish and Arab students from six ORT high schools came together for their final gathering at Google, where the students exhibited their final ...
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June 23, 2016 – Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the F-35 Adir Unveiling Ceremony

Thank you and welcome. It’s an honor to be here. To our Israeli guests: bruchim haba’im. This fine day has been a long time coming. It’s first and foremost a day to celebrate and offer congratulations to all who helped make it possible. To the members of the U.S. armed services, led by General Bogden, ...
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Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro met with heads and beneficiaries Israeli NGOs

On June 16, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken and U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro met with heads and beneficiaries of several Israeli NGOs who are partnering with the U.S. Embassy and, through U.S. Government funding, are providing hi-tech training programs and English courses in order to promote economic empowerment within Israeli minority ...
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June 15, 2016 – Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the 2016 Herzliya Conference

During my five years in Israel one of the annual highlights has been visiting IDC and participating in the Herzliya Conference. Within Israel, few institutions have done more than IDC to develop new platforms for promoting open discourse and solving real-world problems. Few institutions have done more to train the next generation of policymakers and ...
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LGBT Pride Mission to Israel

An amazing night hosting the Jewish Federations of North America LGBT Pride Mission to Israel. We were honored to be joined by Mission organizer Stuart Kurlander, Congresswoman Ileana Ris-Lehtinen of Florida, Member of Knesset Michal Rozin, and hundreds of Americans and Israelis united in our commitment to equal rights and acceptance of LGBT people, and ...
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May 25, 2016 – Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the Knesset Ceremony honoring 100 years of American Jewry’s

Mr. Prime Minister, Mr. Speaker, Opposition leader Herzog, Member of Knesset Nachman Shai, Jewish Agency Chair Sharansky, JNFA Chair Sandler, Members of Knesset and to all those who have gathered today in this magnificent hall – this cradle of Israel’s vibrant democracy. I am grateful to all the leaders of the Knesset who are honoring ...
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Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited the “Sorek” desalination plant today operated by IDE Technologies

Fascinating visit to IDE’s Sorek desalination plant, the world’s largest using reverse osmosis technology. IDE has also opened a plant near San Diego, bringing Israeli technology to help solve California’s water challenges. Thanks to CEO Avshalom Felber for the tour, and for the delicious water! Water is the essence of life, especially if you know ...
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Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro visit to the upper Galilee April 20, 2016

Ambassador Dan Shapiro visited on Wednesday, April 20, 2016, the Upper Galilee, where he learned about the region’s economic development strategy – to become a center of medical food, agriculture technology, and biotechnology. The Ambassador began the day at Tel Hai College, where he met a group of impressive students from every sector and region ...
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March 28, 2016 – Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the Yediot Aharonot/Ynet “Stop the Boycott” Conference

Thank you, Dana. Since President Obama sent me to Israel to serve as the Ambassador of the United States, I have done myself a big favor by starting my day with Yediot Aharonot and checking YNET throughout the day and into the night, including, in my case, the wee hours. To the sponsors of the ...
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POWER’S VISIT TO ISRAEL, FEBRUARY 13-16, 2016

From the UN in New York to Model UN in Israel   U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Samantha Power, concluded a four day visit to Israel this week, aimed at discussing a range of regional and bilateral issues. During her visit, Ambassador Power tour Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, met with Israeli Prime Minister ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s remarks at the 11th Ilan Ramon International Space Conference

Minister Akunis, our dear Rona Ramon, Robert Cabana, Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Major General David Thompson, Vice Commander of Air Force Space Command, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen: It is an honor and a privilege to join with all of you in this ceremony to return artifacts from Space Shuttle Columbia ...
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January 26, 2016 – Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Address to the 3rd Annual CyberTech Conference and Exhibition

Good afternoon distinguished guests. I’m pleased to be here today, and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who organized this conference and exhibition.  It is my honor to address the 3rd Annual CyberTech Conference and Exhibition, one of the world’s very largest cyber events. I regret having to announce that our Deputy ...
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January 18, 2016 – Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the Institute for National Security Studies 9th International Conference

Thank you very much Marcia for that kind introduction. It’s always a pleasure and an honor to join INSS for all its sessions. Let me begin by also thanking General Amos Yadlin, General Udi Dekel, Chairman Frank Lowy, Orly Ha’yardeny and the entire INSS staff for putting together a terrific conference as always. And I ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the 240th Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Tel Aviv

On behalf of the United States Embassy in Tel Aviv, my wife Julie, and the entire State Department, I am again honored to offer congratulations to the United States Marine Corps—this year on its 240th birthday. Major General Eshel, Colonel Gregory Gillette, Mrs. Gillette, former Marine and Deputy Undersecretary in the Department of Homeland Security ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Welcome Remarks at the Ruderman Conference for Israel-American Jewish Relations

Thank you Dany Cushmaro; thank you to Jay and Shira Ruderman and the Ruderman Family Foundation; and also thank you to Shimon Peres.  Everything that could possibly have been said about Shimon Peres has already been said, perhaps many times over.  I consider it a personal and professional blessing to have been able to spend ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference

Thank you and good afternoon. I would first like to express my appreciation to Steve Linde—and to the entire management team, as well as the reporters and staff of this venerated newspaper for inviting me once again to address the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference.  I am honored to join so many distinguished panelists and speakers, ...
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Remarks of Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the 9th Annual Israel Journalists Association Conference

Hello everyone, and good morning. I’m happy to be here, and thank the organizers of the conference, especially Yossi Bar Moche and Shalom Keitel, who made sure I got here today, to the 9th annual Israel Journalists Association Conferenc The media is the foundation of democracy in the United States, and in any other democratic country ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Rabin Center’s Reception Marking the 20th Anniversary of the Assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin

Dalia and Yuval Rabin and their families; former President Clinton; and the many distinguished guests: On behalf of President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, and on behalf of all Americans, I am honored to be with you tonight and to offer a few words as part of this ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s Address at the American Center Jerusalem Grand Reopening

On behalf of the entire American Embassy in Israel, I want to welcome everyone and thank you for joining us tonight. Before I begin my brief remarks, let me first make a statement. It is a statement of solidarity; it is a statement of support; and it is a statement of commitment. When I spoke ...
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Former Ambassador’s Remarks at a Sukkot Reception in Honor of Special Olympics Israel

Welcome and chag sameach to all. It is a distinct honor for Julie and me to be hosting the athletes of the Israeli Special Olympics team, along with your families and coaches today in our Sukkah.  I met many of you at the Embassy before your departure to the United States, and it is wonderful ...
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Former Ambassador’s Remarks at the U.S. Embassy 9/11 Memorial Ceremony

  Ambassador Dore Gold; MK Dr. Anat Berko; Our new U.S. Consul General in Jerusalem, my colleague Don Blome; Mr. Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF World Chairman; Dean of the diplomatic corps Ambassador Etoundi Essomba and Ambassadors; Family members of the victims of 9/11; First responders and all those who help victims of terror; Distinguished guests; Ladies ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Opening Session of the Rahat-AJEEC Conference, “Promoting Equal Opportunities in the Negev”

Thank you very much, Nawaf. I want to recognize: Minister Arye Maklouf Der’i, Our host, the mayor of Rahat, Mr. Talal Al-Krenawi, Ms. Sigal Moran, mayor of the Bnei Shimon Regional Council Mayor Ruvik Danilovich, Mayor of Beersheba, capital of the Negev. Kheir Elbaz and Ariel Dloomy, co-directors of AJEEC-NISPED Mayors and local council leaders, ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s 15th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism

Good evening and thank you for the kind introduction. Professor Uriel Reichman and Dr. Boaz Ganor: Thank you for inviting me again this year to address this distinguished forum. The International Policy Institute for Counter-Terrorism shows genuine commitment to public service and to the U.S.-Israel relationship by bringing together policymakers and scholars—Americans and Israelis—to exchange ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro Rosh Hashana Reception at CMR (as prepared)

Erev Tov, Bruchim HaBa’im, v’Shana Tova l’culam. Good evening, welcome and a hearty New Year’s greeting to everyone. Julie and I are delighted to celebrate the Jewish New Year, 5776, with so many friends and partners here tonight. I want to offer a special welcome to the religious leaders who are joining us this evening. ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the Embassy’s Fourth of July Reception

Mr. President, it is a special honor to welcome you for the first time to this stage.  Mr. Prime Minister and Mrs. Netanyahu, thank you for your decades of friendship to the United States.  Ministers, General Eizenkot, Members of Knesset, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, to everyone who came down the hill or from down the street, ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s Address to the 5th Annual International Cybersecurity Conference, Tel Aviv University

Good morning, Professor Ben Israel, Dr. Eviatar Matania, and distinguished guests.  I am delighted to be here and I want to thank the many organizers of this event, including Tel Aviv University and our colleagues from the National Cyber Bureau and the Prime Minister’s Office. It is a privilege to be addressing the 5th Annual ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro’s Remarks at the Memorial Service for Gil-Ad, Eyal, and Naftali (in Hebrew, with translation)

(Translation) Good evening. Mayor Bielski, Rabbi Benny Lau, General Gantz, friends: To the Ifrach, Shaer, and Fraenkel families, my humble thanks for the honor of speaking tonight honoring your sons’ memories. Last Friday marked one year since Gil-Ad, Eyal, and Naftali, were kidnapped. Three young men’s lives were cut tragically short, robbing their mothers and ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro at the 15th Annual Herzliya Conference

It is a great pleasure to return to this distinguished forum, which has few peers in the Israeli national security and policy community. I am proud to be the latest in a long series of American ambassadors who have participated in the Herzliya Conference. The Embassy is also proud to support this year’s program and ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Israel Bar Association Annual Conference Eilat (as prepared)

REFLECTIONS ON THE U.S.-ISRAEL ALLIANCE A shared commitment to the rule of law As Prepared Let me begin by thanking the Israel Bar Association leaders and my hosts, Doron Barzilay, Zaki Kamal, Gideon Fischer, and the association’s dedicated cadre of staff. Thank you for inviting me again to this invaluable meeting. Let me also acknowledge ...
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U.S. Policy Combating Global Anti-Semitism

Let me begin by thanking the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the organizer of this conference, and the many professionals from the Ministry who have taken a leading role, including Ambassador Gideon Behar and Akiva Tor. I also want to thank the dedicated cadre of Israeli and international participants, government and non-government, who will continue to ...
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Prepares for Pesach in Kfar Chabbad

Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro conducted a pre-Passover visit to Kfar Chabbad, starting in a full-sized replica of 770 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn—the headquarters of the worldwide Chabbad movement — where he read a proclamation from President Obama honoring the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s birthday and lifelong commitment to education for boys and girls. Ambassador Shapiro continued to a ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro Talking Points ORT Israel Sci-Tech Schools Network Leadership Conference Kfar Hamaccabiah Conference Center

(Acknowledgements)  Thank you Tzipi.  Let me first acknowledge: Bracha Rager, Ort Israel President Tzvi Peleg, Director General of Ort Israel Eli Eisenberg, Senior Deputy Director General of Ort Israel Mordechai Cohen, Director General of Tel Aviv University Jacqueline Shechtman, Representative of Moshinsky Family Uzi Tzuk, Chair of ORT Israel Board of Directors Members of the ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at INSS: Reflections on the U.S.-Israeli Alliance: New Opportunities and New Horizons

Let me begin by thanking General Udi Dekel, the INSS staff, and the Institute’s dedicated cadre of Israeli and international supporters for inviting me again to this invaluable meeting. The U.S. Embassy in Israel has maintained a strong connection with this institution from its founding nearly four decades ago. In the United States, our “ideas ...
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Former Remarks by Ambassador Dan Shapiro at Tel Aviv University, Porter School of Environmental Studies (As Prepared)

Thank you, Peter, for your kind introduction, and for inviting me to join you today as part of the first ever Combating Terrorism Technology Startup Challenge.  Thanks to all our finalists, your teams, and others who participated in this Challenge for your dedication and ingenuity.  Thanks to all of you in the audience for joining ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro at Jpost Conference: When Israel Needs America, Israel Knows America Has Its back

Israel knows that when it is in need, America “has its back,” US Ambassador Dan Shapiro said Thursday at the annual Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference. Speaking shortly after Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of significantly damaging relations between Israel and Europe, Shapiro said the US is not only on the ...
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Former Ambassador’s Remarks at Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference

I want to thank the Jerusalem Post for this opportunity to again address the Diplomatic Conference. Thank you, Steve, for the invitation. It is an honor to join so many public figures, diplomats and community leaders at this year’s meeting. I also want to join in congratulating this year’s winner of the “Start-Up Nation” award. ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro at Bar Ilan University BESA “US Standing in the World” Conference (as prepared)

America’s Enduring Leadership It is a pleasure to return to Bar Ilan University. I am particularly pleased to join this program of the BESA Center. The American Embassy and BESA have cooperated on numerous fronts over many years. BESA continues to distinguish itself for the excellence and quality of its research products. It is also an ...
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Remarks Former Ambassador to Israel Daniel B. Shapiro Upon Receipt of the Hebrew Union College Presidential Medallion in Jerusalem

Professor David Harman; Rabbi Aaron Panken; President of Hebrew Union College; Andrew Berger, Chair of the Board of Governors; Rabbi Na’ama Kelman, Dean of HUC in Jerusalem; Dr. Deborah Weissman – Mazal Tov on your honorary degree; the new rabbis and graduates – Kol HaKavod on your accomplishments; and all the members of the Hebrew ...
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Former Ambassador’s Remarks at Truman Institute Conference Truman Institute, Hebrew University

America’s Enduring Investment in Peace Thank you, Ambassador Brown, my distinguished predecessor. You may have left the Embassy, but you have never left Israel. Ambassador Faaborg-Andersen, Ambassador Moses, my fellow panelist Ambassador Nevo. Members of the Hebrew University Executive Committee and the Truman Institute Board of Governors, Professor Blondheim and Naama Shpeter, distinguished guests, ladies and ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro at the Joint Strike Fighter Wings Assembly Line inauguration ceremony

Thank you, Chairman Maor. Minister Yaalon; Lieutenant General Bogdan; Director General Harel; Brigadier General Shapland; Executive Vice President for Lockheed Martin International, Mr. Dewar; Vice President, Lockheed Martin F-35 International Programs, Ms. Susan Ouzts; distinguished guests; ladies and gentlemen: I am delighted to be here with all of you today to mark the opening of ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro’s Remarks at the Israel Energy and Business Convention

Thank you for inviting me to speak. Special thanks to conference organizer Dr. Amit Mor for bringing together such a distinguished lineup of speakers. This conference provides a great opportunity each year to take stock of the current and future trajectory of Israel’s energy sector – something the United States takes great interest in from ...
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Former Ambassador’s Remarks at an Event Celebrating 20 Years Since the Signing of the Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty

Thank you, Dalia Rabin and members of the Rabin family for hosting this celebration of peace. Minister Ya’alon, Ambassador Obeidat, General Gilad, and, Your Honor – the man who had the pen on this treaty – Justice Rubinstein, honored guests, good evening. The Israel-Jordan Peace Treaty / PM Rabin and King Hussein At a time of ...
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Remarks at the U.S. Embassy Rosh Hashanah Toast Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro

Bruchim Haba’im, welcome everyone. Julie and I are delighted to celebrate the eve of the Jewish New Year, 5775, with so many friends. Rosh Hashanah is a time for gathering with family and friends and taking stock of the eventful year that’s passed and setting our sights expectantly on the promising year ahead. The past ...
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Former Ambassador’s Remarks at The Reut Institute’s Decade Event: A Scientific and Technological Vision for the Future of the State of Israel

Good afternoon. Many thanks to Reut President Gidi Grinstein and CEO Netaly Ophir Flint for inviting me to speak at this prestigious conference, and congratulations to Gidi, Netaly, and the entire Reut team on your 10th anniversary – your accomplishments in such a short time are impressive, and as you look 10 years into the ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the Memorial Ceremony for the 9/11 Terror Attacks

KKL-JNF 9/11 Living Memorial – Jerusalem Park, Emek Arazim Mr. Efi Stenzler, KKL-JNF World Chairman: Thank you and your colleagues for this beautiful memorial and for our partnership year after year in arranging this ceremony. Dean of the diplomatic corps Ambassador Etoundi Essomba and Ambassadors; Family members of the victims of 9/11 First responders and ...
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Former Ambassador Shapiro’s Remarks at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony IDC/ICT Annual Conference on Counterterrorism

The Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya Thursday, September 11, 2014  Good afternoon, and thank you for the kind introduction. First I want to thank you, President Uriel Reichman and Dr. Boaz Ganor, for your leadership and initiative in setting aside this time each year to remember not only the victims of terrorism who perished on September 11, ...
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July 4th Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro to Mark the United States’ 238th Independence Day

Mr. President, Mr. Prime Minister, Ministers, General Gantz, Members of Knesset, Ambassadors, distinguished guests: as we gather to mark United States Independence Day, we do so knowing that Israel has recently lost three of her own. A mother should never have to mourn the death of her son, nor a nation bury her children. Our ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro Hebrew University Board of Governors Honorary Fellowships Ceremony

Remarks of Ambassador Shapiro Hebrew University Board of Governors Honorary Fellowships Ceremony Monday, June 9th, at 3:30 p.m. – Handler Auditorium, Truman Building, Mt. Scopus, Jerusalem “Fostering an Environment for the Next Generation of Leaders” Mr. Michael Federmann, Chairman of the International Board of Governors; President Menachem Ben Sasson; Professor Asher Cohen, Rector; Vice President ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro Herzliya Conference

Introduction Uriel Reichmann, Alex Mintz, Tommy Steiner, Tali Lipkin-Shahak, I would like to thank the organizers of this timely and truly impressive conference. You have left no stone unturned in the range and depth of topics. I truly look forward to the results, and the valuable insights they will provide to all of us as ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro 100th Anniversary of the Joint Distribution Committee

Mayor Nir Barkat, JDC Board Member Andy Tisch, Alan Gill, Arnon Yossi; JDC President Penny Blumenstein, Members of the JDC Mission, guests. It is a privilege to welcome so many of you to Israel and join a long list of deeply appreciative individuals, who have recognized the truly remarkable contribution that the JDC has made ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro & Ms. Julie Fisher 70th Commemorative Performance of “Brundibár”

Ms. Fisher:  Before Dan gives his official greetings, I would like to take a moment to personally thank Frannie for inviting the US Embassy to be a part of this project. It was a pleasure to serve on her committee. I have known Frannie for several years. She was my daughter’s beloved music teacher in ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro Opening Session of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Inbal Hotel, Jerusalem

Chairman Robert Sugarman; Vice Chairman Malcolm Hoenlein; good evening everyone, and bruchim haba’im.  I’ve met with many of you in the United States over the past year – so even though I’m not the one with jetlag this time, I appreciate the distances you’ve come to be here at this very important gathering – and ...
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Commemoration of Sen. Inouye and Dedication of Arrow HWIL Simulator Room MALAM Facility, IAI

Mrs. Inouye, Minister of Defense Yaalon, IAI Chairman Rafi Maor, MOD Chief of Staff Haim Blumenblat, Commander of the Air Defense Forces Brig. Gen. Shahar Shohat, Director of IMDO Yair Ramati, former Defense Minister Moshe Arens, former Ambassador Sallai Meridor, President of AIPAC Michael Kassen, distinguished guests, I am delighted to be here with all ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at the Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies, University of Haifa

Prof. Amos Shapira, President of the University, Jay and Shira Ruderman, Prof. David Faraggi, Rector of the University, Former MK Ronit Tirosh, Professor Gur Alroey, Faculty and Students, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here today to celebrate the inauguration of “The Ruderman Program for American Jewish Studies” at the University of Haifa, ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at the JFNA GA Plenary

President Shimon Peres, Michael Siegel, Jerry Silverman, Michael and Susie Gelman, Ronnie Douek, Natan Sharansky, William Daroff, Didi Feinberg, Jay and Shira Ruderman, Richard Sandler, Ladies and Gentlemen. On behalf of the United States Embassy, and on behalf of my wife Julie and myself, Welcome to Israel! As the person charged with stewarding the U.S.-Israel ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at The Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR)

The Israel Council on Foreign Relations (ICFR) ICFR Israeli-European Young Diplomats Forum “The Middle East Vortex: Views from Washington, Moscow and Berlin” Monday, October 21, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Good afternoon everyone.  Thank you, Avi Primor, President of the Israel Council on Foreign Relations, for your kind introduction.  Thank you to Dr. Weinbaum and your ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism

International Institute for Counter-Terrorism’s (ICT) 13th World Summit on Counter-Terrorism “In Remembrance of the Atrocities of September 11, 2001 and the Victims of Terrorism Worldwide” Memorial Ceremony Wednesday, September 11, 2013 Good evening and Shana Tova to all.  Thank you, Jonathan, for your kind introduction, and to you, Boaz, for the work you, President Uriel ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at the 9/11 Memorial Ceremony KKL-JNF 9/11 Memorial

Welcome to all who are gathered here this afternoon — fellow Americans, Israeli friends, families of the 9/11 victims and families of victims of other acts of terror, including the Bereaved Families for Peace and Justice, members of the diplomatic corps, among them representatives of countries who lost citizens on 9/11, Minister Yuval Steinitz, representing ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Shapiro Rosh Hashanah Reception

Erev Tov and Bruchim HaBa’im, everyone. Julie and I are pleased to celebrate the Jewish New Year, 5774, with so many friends here tonight. Friends who, like us, will be celebrating the Hagim with the joy of being with family.  Friends who, like us, look forward to the evocative symbols of our Jewish heritage – ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at Iftar

Minister of Knesset Dov Lipman, Ambassador of Jordan Walid Obeidat, religious leaders, honored guests.  Good Evening, As-Salam Aleikum, Massa El Khair and Erev Tov!  Julie and I are delighted to have you with us tonight to share this Iftar meal during the blessed month of Ramadan.  This is the third Iftar meal we’ve hosted since ...
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Former U.S. Ambassador’s Remarks at the Independence Day Celebration (as prepared)

Welcome, everyone, Bruchim HaBa’im.  It’s wonderful to see all of you here as we celebrate the 237th birthday of the United States of America.  Julie and I are grateful for the presence of so many dear friends and special guests tonight. I want to extend a special welcome to President Peres and to Prime Minister ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at the Reception in Honor of the LGBT Community of Israel

Good evening and welcome.  Erev Tov v’Bruchim HaBa’im.  Masa al-Heer w’Ahlan w’sAahlan.  It is a great pleasure for me and Julie to welcome you all to our home tonight to honor the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community of Israel.   We believe that is the first event of its kind, so we are proud to ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Thank you, Richard for the introduction and for the invitation to speak before this distinguished group for the second year in a row.  Thank you also to Malcolm and Alan— I was privileged also to address the conference in New York a year and a half ago at the send-off you gave me.  And Julie ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at The Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference

Thank you, Steve, for inviting me to speak today – I’m honored to speak at the inaugural Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, and also happy to wish the Jerusalem Post a happy birthday! It is a pleasure to speak today with a group that includes so many friends, including fellow members of the diplomatic corps prominent ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel Shapiro at U.S. Election Night Party (as prepared)

Good evening and welcome everyone!  I would like to thank the Public Diplomacy and Security staff of the U.S. Embassy for planning and organizing this event.  I would also like to thank SheRock and Dblues for performing for us tonight with some great classic American hits. We are thrilled you could all be here tonight ...
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Remarks by Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at Hadassah Centennial Event

Official Opening of the Sarah Wetsman Davidson Tower Binyanei Hauma International Convention Center, Jerusalem Tuesday, October 16, 2012 SHALOM, HADASSAH!  And Bruchot HaBa’ot! Thank you, Judy and Sid, for your kind introduction and for your generous support of Hadassah.  It is an honor for me to be here this evening in the presence of such ...
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Remarks by Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT)

Thank you, Jonathan for the very kind introduction, and thank you, as always, Dr. Boaz Ganor, for the opportunity to address the Summit again.  Thank you, Dr. Reichmanfor your leadership of the IDC.  I’d obviously like to start by  recognizing the International Institute for Counter-Terrorismat IDC.  For its commitment to investigating and identifying terrorist trends, ...
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Remarks by Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at Commemoration of 11th Anniversary of September 11th JNF-KKL Memorial, Jerusalem

Fellow Americans; Israeli friends; family members of the 9/11 victims; members of the diplomatic corps, including representatives of countries who lost citizens on 9/11; Keren Kayemet and JNF Chairman, Effi Stenzler and Co-Chairman Eli Aflalo; Member of Knesset Buji Herzog; Representatives of the KKL-Jewish National Fund; honored guests: In this place and at this time, ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at Hebrew University Memorial Service Nancy Reagan Courtyard

(as prepared for delivery) ברשותכם, דברי אשא באנגלית Professor Ben-Sasson, Professor Stroumsa, Ambassador Bigot, students and alumni of Hebrew University, friends, family members, and honored guests: Today, we remember the loss of nine members of the Hebrew University family, Ben Blutstein, Marla Bennet, Revital Barashi, David Gritz, David Diego Ladovski, Janice Ruth Kolter, Dina Carter, ...
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“U.S.-Israel Relations: The U.S. in the Middle East” Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro Institute for National Security Studies (as prepared)

Professor Zaki Shalom, thank you for that kind introduction.  I’d like to thank Major General Amos Yadlin for the opportunity to address this distinguished group.  The Institute continues to do groundbreaking work on the region’s security challenges and opportunities, as Ambassador Oded Eran just illustrated in his presentation of the findings of the U.S.-Israel relations ...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day Message

Between 1933 and 1945, the German government, led by Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party, carried out the systematic murder of Jews in the Holocaust, the greatest tragedy ever to befall the Jewish people.  The Nazi regime also persecuted and killed millions of other people it considered politically, racially, or socially unfit.  The Allies’ victory ...
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Former U.S. Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro on U.S. Efforts to Counter Anti-Israeli Sentiment in the International Community, S. Daniel Abram Center

Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for the invitation and opportunity to speak here at the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Strategic Dialogue at the Netanya Academic College.  Thank you, Dr. Barry Feinstein, MK Nachman Shai, Ambassador Gabi Shalev, and Professor Arye Naor.  It’s an honor to speak with representatives of an organization that continues ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro Opening Plenary Session Board of Governors of the Jewish Agency

I’d like to start by thanking Jim Tisch and your legendary chairman, Natan Sharansky, for the generous invitation to speak with you today.  I am particularly honored because I am very familiar with the 80-year history of the Jewish Agency and its deep roots in both the founding and strengthening of the State of Israel ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro Remarks to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Well thank you, that was an overly kind introduction, but much appreciated. It’s an honor and a pleasure to be with this audience, which does really feel like family. I had the deep honor of being with you in New York, shortly before my family and I made the journey out here last summer. And ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro Remarks for the IDC Herzliya Conference (as prepared)

I would like to thank the IDC, particularly Major General Danny Rothschild, for hosting this always useful conference. It is an honor to be on this panel with Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon, Professor Uzi Arad, and Ambassadors Blackwill and Pinkas. I greatly appreciate Talia Lipkin-Shahak’s willingness to moderate our panel. I have to admit ...
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Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at the 7th International Holocaust Commemoration Day Event Massuah Institute

It is an honor to speak on behalf of the Diplomatic Community on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of the Holocaust and other Genocides, at the Massuah Institute for Holocaust Studies. While my generation was born after the Shoah, the horror of what happened has not diminished over time and the impact ...
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Former US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro Talks About Everything (including Ya’ir Lapid)

Ben Caspit, Ma’ariv’s Musafshabat Supplement, pp 1-5 The interview with Ambassador Dan Shapiro two days ago opened with the hottest topic in the region. Not Iran or Syria, but Ya’ir Lapid. “Yes,” confirmed Shapiro with a smile, “I am closely following events in this sphere, Lapid’s announcement too. Israeli politics is extraordinarily fascinating, as you ...
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Remarks by Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro At The Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) Eleventh World Summit on Counter-Terrorism

It’s a privilege to be here. Thanks you Jonathan Davis for that introduction. And thank ICT Executive Director Dr. Boaz Ganor for the invitation to address you tonight, on the 10th year anniversary of the September 11 attacks. I’m honored to be here with Honorable Congressman Trent Franks, and Los Angeles Country Sherriff Lee Baca. ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro 9/11 Ground Zero Photography Exhibit House of Quality Artists Center, Jerusalem

Thank you for coming here today to join us in marking the ten year commemoration of the 9/11 terror attacks. Prime Minister Netanyahu, you honor us with your presence as we mark a terrible chapter in our nation’s history, but the U.S.-Israel partnership that is demonstrated by your presence, also is a source of great ...
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10th Anniversary of September 11th Commemoration Remarks Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro JNF-KKL Memorial, Jerusalem

Fellow Americans, Israeli friends, Deputy Foreign Minister Ayalon, Mayor Barkat, Representatives of the Israeli National Police and Jerusalem Fire Department, David Pitchon, formerly of the NYPD, Representatives of the KKL-Jewish National Fund, which sponsored this moving memorial, Drs. Charles and Peggy Lewin, Ms. Sigal Shefi-Asher, and family members of the victims of the 9/11 attacks; ...
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The Former Ambassador Addresses Institute of National Strategic Studies

Thank you Dr. Eran for the opportunity to address this symposium. [I recognize (others) who are also with us here today.] Let me also express my appreciation for the efforts of the Institute of National Strategic Studies – an organization I deeply admire for stimulating dialogue and challenging assumptions on security issues. It is my ...
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Remarks to the Jewish People Policy Institute (JPPI) By Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro

I am delighted to be here to speak before the Jewish People Policy Institute so early in my tenure as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Avinoam, thank you very much for putting this dinner together and providing me the opportunity to address such a distinguished group tonight. I’m also deeply honored to have my favorite professor ...
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Remarks by Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro First International Conference for Regional Cooperation

Thank you for that kind introduction, Tamar. I am pleased to join you this afternoon. I want to thank the Vice Prime Minister and the entire staff at the Ministry of Regional Cooperation for hosting this event and for the consistently excellent support, advice and assistance that they have provided to the U.S. Government in ...
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Remarks of Former Ambassador Daniel B. Shapiro at His Swearing-In Ceremony

Madam Secretary, Ambassador Oren, Ambassador Mekouar, Ambassador Tan, PLO Representative Areikat, Members of Congress, distinguished guests, and my many dear family and friends: Thank you for coming to share this occasion with us today. I’m a bit embarrassed by the fuss, but deeply grateful for your presence. I attribute the large turnout much less to ...
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