U.S. Ambassador to Israel plays ping pong with Sderot Mayor David Buskila
U.S. Ambassador to Israel plays ping pong with Sderot Mayor David Buskila. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkowitz
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Israel and the United States are determined to the joint effort of preventing an Iranian nuclear weapon, U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said on Thursday morning.

Shapiro, who held a tour of the southern Israeli city of Sderot, reaffirmed the cooperation between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu, saying the two spoke on the phone and agreed that the two countries would continue their “closer cooperation and conversations” between all senior officials in order to achieve their shared goal of preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear bomb.

Shapiro’s words come in the wake of several tense days between Obama and Netanyahu, after reports stated that Obama snubbed Netanyahu’s request for a meeting in Washington D.C.

Shapiro also referred to the difficulties of the residents of Sderot who live under the threat of rocket attacks, saying that the United States and Israel share a “common experience that has bound us closer together as friends and as allies to deal with the challenge of terrorism but also to defeat those who carry it out.”

Shapiro praised Obama for his support for the Iron Dome missile defense system “which has such an important impact on protecting Israelis is southern Israel from terror missiles and rocket strikes from Gaza.”