US Ambassador Shapiro apologizes for poor timing

US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro: I apologize if I offended the Meir Family.

Raphael Poch ,

Ambassador Dan Shapiro
Ambassador Dan Shapiro
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US Ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, apologized on Army Radio for the timing of his comments against the Israeli government in which he said that "there are two standards for rule of law in Judea and Samaria". The comments were made during the INSS conference on the same day that Dafna Meir was buried. Meir was murdered by a Palestinian teenager in a savage terror attack in Otniel.

"I know that the timing of my comments was not perfect. I began my comments with a condemnation of the attacks in Otniel and Tekoa. Only one or two of the comments I made that caused this issue. If those comments hurt the Meir family or the mourners, then I am sincerely sorry," said the Ambassador.

Referencing the comments that caused a lot of criticism of Israel in the United States and shocked a lot of people in Israel, Shapiro said, "I praised the security forces for the arrests they made in the Duma case, we encourage the Israeli government to continue to investigate all other cases of violence, as it is of the utmost importance to show our commitment to the rule of law."