WASHINGTON - The 'POLITICO' website reported Tuesday that Dan Shapiro will be appointed as the next US ambassador to Israel. Shapiro is expected to replace James Cunningham, who has served as ambassador for the past three years.
Shapiro, 41, currently serves as the head of the Middle East and North Africa desk at the National Security Council. He also held posts in Congress and in the National Security Council during the Clinton Administration.
About two years ago Shapiro visited Syria in his capacity as head of the Middle East and North Africa desk. While in Damascus he met Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. Shapiro called the visit "positive. In 2007 he accompanied US President Barack Obama on his visit to Israel.
After graduating from Harvard University in 1993, Shapiro served as a staff member on the US House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Europe and the Middle East, under Chairman Lee Hamilton. From 1995 to 1999 he served as a legislative assistant and senior foreign policy adviser to Senator Dianne Feinstein.
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