Former U.S. ambassador and his family staying in Israel
RAANANA, Israel (JTA) – Dan Shapiro '91 can’t seem to leave Israel.
Before stepping down as the U.S. ambassador to the country in January, he said he would stay long enough for his daughters to finish the school year. On Sunday, he announced he would be sticking around a little longer to join the Institute for National Security Studies, a top think tank in Tel Aviv. He and his wife, along with their three daughters, are living within commuting distance, in a rental house in an upscale neighborhood of Raanana.
The plan is to stay for “a number of months,” Shapiro said in an interview next to his backyard pool, which he hopes to get a chance to use this summer, and not to immigrate.
“I can say the primary reason we made the decision was to let the kids finish their school year. But we are very much looking forward to the opportunity to experience life in Israel as a normal family,” he said in an interview next to his backyard pool, he said. “It was something we considered long ago, like many Jewish parents.”