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Biden taps former ambassador Dan Shapiro as US point man to Israel on Iran

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NEW YORK — Former US ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro has been appointed to the US State Department’s Iran policy team, and will be tasked with engaging with Israel on the matter, a source familiar with the matter confirmed Monday.

Shapiro will report to US Special Envoy for Iran Rob Malley and will split his time between Washington and Jerusalem, according to Axios, which broke the story on Sunday.

Shapiro began working last week, and advised White House officials before US President Joe Biden hosted Prime Minister Naftali Bennett for talks on Thursday, Axios said.

The news site said that Malley recruited Shapiro as part of an effort to include a broad range of opinions on the issue of Iran. Shapiro publicly supported the 2015 nuclear deal, but is seen to hold more hawkish views on the subject than others in the administration who are more committed to the deal.

Shapiro was US ambassador to Israel during the Obama administration, when Biden was vice president.

A Hebrew speaker, Shapiro remained in Israel after his term ended so his daughters could finish school, and works for........

© The Times of Israel

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