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Thursday, August 18, 2005

BIOGRAPHIC SUMMARY of Israeli Spy David Michael Satterfield

Text: Satterfield Senate Statement, Ambassador-Designate To Lebanon: "TEXT: SATTERFIELD SENATE STATEMENT, AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE TO LEBANON
(Highest goal will be to encourage progress toward peace)

July 16, 1998
Washington -- If confirmed as Ambassador to Lebanon, David M. Satterfield says his "highest goal will be to encourage progress toward peace through resumption of Lebanon-Israel and Syria-Israel negotiations, to help achieve a lasting end to the violence in south Lebanon, and to support the democratic process in Lebanon, including Presidential elections this fall."

At his July 16 confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Satterfield noted that he served in Lebanon "a decade ago during a time of great challenge and tragedy for the United States and for the people of Lebanon. I look forward to assisting as Lebanon rebuilds, and above all to the advancement of the interests and ideals of the United States," he said.

In the past 20 years, Satterfield testified, "the United States has had neither a higher or more consistent commitment than the quest for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace," in the Middle East.

"Alongside our extraordinary, ongoing efforts to realize such a secure and enduring settlement, we remain dedicated to the goal of a fully sovereign and independent Lebanon, free of all foreign forces and able once more to take its rightful place among the nations of the world. We believe strongly that attainment of a comprehensive regional peace will help bring about the fulfillment of this goal," he stated.

Following are the texts of Satterfield's Senate statement, as prepared for delivery, and his bio:

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STATEMENT OF DAVID M. SATTERFIELD

Mr. Chairman, thank you for this opportunity to appear before the Committee. I am deeply honored to have been nominated as Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon and I am grateful to the President and Secretary Albright for their trust and confidence.

It is a special privilege and personal pleasure to have been nominated to return as Ambassador to Lebanon, where I served a decade ago during a time of great challenge and tragedy for the United States and for the people of Lebanon. I look forward to assisting as Lebanon rebuilds, and above all to the advancement of the interests and ideals of the United States.

My career with the U.S. Government over the past twenty years has been focused almost entirely on the Middle East. In that time, the United States has had neither a higher or more consistent commitment than the quest for a just, comprehensive and lasting peace.

Alongside our extraordinary, ongoing efforts to realize such a secure and enduring settlement, we remain dedicated to the goal of a fully sovereign and independent Lebanon, free of all foreign forces and able once more to take its rightful place among the nations of the world. We believe strongly that attainment of a comprehensive regional peace will help bring about the fulfillment of this goal.

Our friendship with the people of Lebanon spans almost the entire history of our republic and of the modern Lebanese state. While we remember the terrible sacrifices made by Americans and Lebanese alike during the years of war, we also recall our shared values and ideals, including a firm commitment to democracy, freedom and a vibrant civil society.

I have experienced first-hand with the people of Lebanon and with their neighbors -- Arab and Israeli -- the suffering that war and terror can bring. If confirmed, my highest goal will be to encourage progress toward peace through resumption of Lebanon-Israel and Syria-Israel negotiations, to help achieve a lasting end to the violence in south Lebanon, and to support the democratic process in Lebanon, including Presidential elections this fall.

Mr. Chairman, I look forward to working with you in the Congress and to pursuing these objectives an behalf of the United States and the American people.

Thank you.

BIOGRAPHIC SUMMARY

NAME: David Michael Satterfield

POSITION FOR WHICH CONSIDERED: Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon

PRESENT POSITION: Director, Office of Israel and Arab-Israeli Affairs, Department of State

FOREIGN SERVICE GRADE: Career Member of the Senior Foreign Service, Class of Counselor

DATE/PLACE OF BIRTH: December 18, 1954, Baltimore, Maryland

MARITAL STATUS: Married

NAME OF SPOUSE: Martha Anne Satterfield

NAMES OF CHILDREN: Alexander Michael Satterfield Victoria Maria Satterfield

EDUCATION: B.A., University of Maryland, College Park, 1972-1976 Georgetown University Law Center, 1976-1978

MILITARY SERVICE: None

FOREIGN LANGUAGES: Arabic and French

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