U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro held a July 4th celebration at his home. Credit: State Department.
(JNS.org) Red, white
and blue balloons, hamburger stands, fireworks and lavish gifts from commercial
sponsors were all part of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro’s July 4th
party at his home in Herzliya Pituach.
Some 5,000 guests arrived at Shapiro’s home to celebrate the
237th anniversary of U.S. independence on Thursday. Among the guests were
President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister
Moshe Ya’alon. Also present were the prime minister’s wife, Sara, and their son
“July 4th is first and foremost an American holiday,” Netanyahu
said at the celebration, Israel Hayom reported. “It’s a time when Americans celebrate their freedom;
it’s a time when they celebrate the cherished principles of American democracy.
These are values we deeply share here in Israel. In the Middle East, Israel has
always been an island of stability and democracy in a sea of instability and
“We are celebrating not only our
independence but our journey together,” Shapiro said of the U.S. and Israel. “The
unbreakable security alliance and economic ties [between our countries] are
based on shared fundamental principles.”