(IsraelHayom).U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swore in Dan Shapiro as the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel in a ceremony at the State Department on Friday.
"There is an enduring partnership between the United States and Israel. It is rooted in our shared values, and forms the core of our national identity," Clinton said.
"With Dan at his side, President Barack Obama and the U.S. government will continue to ensure Israel's enhanced military advantage (in the Middle East),By sending one of his closest advisors to be the new ambassador, President Obama is once again demonstrating his personal commitment to the strength of our relationship with Israel."
42-year-old Shapiro was, until recently, director of the Middle East desk at the White House National Security Council. Prior to that, he served as U.S. President Barack Obama's advisor on Middle East and Jewish community relations during Obama's presidential campaign.