U.S. Envoy Daniel Shapiro Regrets Timing Of Comments Criticizing Israel


U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro told Army Radio on Monday that he regrets the timing of controversial remarks he made last week that were critical of Israeli policies in Judea and Samaria.

Shapiro had said at a conference in Tel Aviv on Jan. 18, “Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities; too much vigilantism goes unchecked; and at times there seem to be two standards of adherence to the rule of law: one for Israelis and another for Palestinians.” Earlier on the same day, Israeli mother of six Dafna Meir was laid to rest in Jerusalem after being stabbed to death by a Palestinian terrorist in Otniel, while a pregnant Israeli woman, Michal Froman, was wounded in a stabbing in Tekoa.

In Monday’s Army Radio interview, Shapiro said, “I understand the timing [of the comments] was not the best. I started with a condemnation of the attacks in Otniel and Tekoa. There were just one or two lines that caused disagreement, but if this, God forbid, hurt the Meir family or anyone else mourning Dafna’s death, may her memory be a blessing, then of course I regret it.”




  1. You’re so into your boss Mr. Osama that you actually think the only problem was timing. Capos never change their colors.
    אילו היה שם לא היה נגאל

  2. Mr. Ambassador- it’s too little too late! We all recognize that you have a boss that you work for and your job often (or more then often) involves you being a mouthpiece for this administration and forcing you to say things that you may not otherwise have said. But as a religious jew doesn’t your conscious demand of you better then putting Israel down in public? How do think that resonates with the rest of the world that hate us so much when they see a self serving jew criticizing Israel in such a public forum? I’m sorry there is no excuse for it. For shame Mr. Ambassador.

  3. …let alone the fact that his statements are untrue. Israel does investigate and prosecute attacks by Jews against innocent Arabs, as they should. Let’s also mention that those attacks are far less than one percent of the unrelenting attacks and terrorism perpetrated by Arabs against innocent Jews daily, with the support of our P.A. “Peace Partners” (and of course Hamas et al, which goes without mentioning).