We all admire and appreciate Mr. Shapiro's work here in Israel. No doubt he has a grasp of both Israel's and the Palestinian's needs, and will work hard to bridge the gaps that remain by not only not trying to force Israel into making one sided concessions, but publicly acknowledging that the Palestinians have responsibilities too, such as stopping with their stubborn refusal to negotiate. He also plays an important moderating role with the American administration, in letting them know that we the average Israeli citizens are waiting for President Obama to address us personally and directly, much like he did to the entire Muslim world on no less than two occasions. For only when he directly addresses the Israeli people, including those that criticize him, will there ever be any hope of them listening to him. And by isolating the Israeli people, he is in many ways isolating American Jews that support Israel. We welcome Mr. Shapiro and wish him the best of luck in his endeavors.
Jerusalem mayor: Herzog's plan to divide Jerusalem is a dangerous and slippery slope (Haaretz)
from the article: Obama offered Netanyahu a gentlemen's agreement on Jerusalem
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