U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro Speaks at Moshe Dayan Center's International Forum at TAU
United States stands with Israel in the United Nations, ambassador declares
Tel Aviv University's internationally top-rated think tank, The Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies, welcomed the Honorable Dan Shapiro, US Ambassador to Israel, for an address on Israeli–U.S. relations in a changing Middle East on March 26, 2012.
Ambassador Shapiro addressed Israel's relationship to the UN, with particular reference to the recent decision to cut ties with the Human Rights Council (HRC) over its decision to establish a commission of inquiry to investigate whether Jewish settlements infringe on Palestinian's rights.
Calling the decision "understandable," Shapiro said that the Council nonetheless "obsessively focuses" on Israel while neglecting more urgent human rights issues. The US will continue to sit on the HRC and try to shift its focus to where it belongs, in Syria and Iran, he said.
University president Prof. Joseph Klafter was there to welcome the Ambassador, thanking him for his "passion and enthusiasm, as well as his commitment to strengthening and expanding the bonds between Israeli and American people."
At TAU, the partnership between the two countries is manifested in research collaborations and student exchange. While many international students study on campus this year, Prof. Klafter said, 750 — the "lion's share" of the university's international students — are from the US, in 23 different programs. This reflects the "unique relationship that prevails between the United States and Israel — academically, diplomatically, militarily, and economically."
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