When Dan Shapiro Met His Successor David Friedman
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro met with his successor, Ambassador David Friedman in Long Island on Saturday, according to Eli Beer, Founder of United Hatzalah of Israel, who posted about the summit on Facebook.
Shapiro spent Shabbat as a scholar-in-residence at the Young Israel of Woodmere, the largest Orthodox Jewish congregation in the Five Towns, led by Rabbi Heshie Billet.
After morning service, at the behest of Beer – according to his account – Shapiro walked over to the home of Daniel Friedman, who was hosting his parents for Shabbat. “The two men showed great excitement meeting each other” and engaged in a lengthy conversation that was continued when Friedman walked over after the meal to the family that hosted Shapiro, according to Beer.
Shapiro did not mention the impromptu meeting in a Sunday tweet.
My thanks to Rabbi Heshie Billet & Young Israel of Woodmere, NY congregation for warmly hosting me as scholar-in-residence this past Shabbat
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) May 7, 2017
Friedman is expected to assume his post when he arrives in Israel next week, ahead of President Trump’s May 22 visit.
As first reported by Jewish Insider, Friedman will divide his times between the ambassador’s residence in Herzliya and the King David Hotel in Jerusalem until a final decision whether or not to move the embassy is reached.