JTA Twitter 50: Dan Shapiro


Dan Shapiro – @DanielBShapiro

As the U.S. ambassador to Israel during the Obama years — a difficult period in relations between the countries — Dan Shapiro tried to strike a conciliatory note. On Twitter, Shapiro, now a think tank fellow, appeals for reason and sanity in an often divisive and inflammatory space.

Since he ended his ambassadorship and started tweeting in 2017, Shapiro has served as a valuable insider’s voice on foreign policy in general and U.S.-Israel relations in particular. He’s continued to defend the values and goals of the Obama administration on the Middle East, but isn’t a one-note critic of President Trump’s Israel team. His tweets, often coming in wonky threads, offer informed assessments of what he thinks David Friedman, Jared Kushner et al., get right and wrong, and concrete suggestions for how they could move forward.

Shapiro’s partisanship emerges more in his strident criticism of how Trump is shaking up the international order. During Trump’s July trip to Europe, ending with his unorthodox news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Shapiro tweeted and retweeted a shocked, vehement defense of the U.S.’s traditional alliances.

Here’s a thread from when Trump offered to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

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