Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel

Senate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel
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The Senate confirmed Thomas Nides to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel in a voice vote on Wednesday.

 

Nides, who was among a list of ambassador nominations that the White House announced in June, had been a former deputy secretary of State under the Obama administration, receiving the department's Distinguished Service Award. He is currently a managing director and vice chairman at Morgan Stanley.

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“Amb Nides, I wish you much success in your role & a fruitful tenure at the US Embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem. I’m sure that you will further strengthen the special bond between Israel & the US,” Gilad Erdan, Israel's ambassador to the United States and the United Nations, said in a tweet on Wednesday.

Nides was among a handful of ambassador nominations to be confirmed this week and last. Former Sen. Tom UdallTom UdallCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (D-N.M.) was confirmed to be ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, and former Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeCruz to get Nord Stream 2 vote as part of deal on Biden nominees Democrats threaten to play hardball over Cruz's blockade Rubio vows to slow-walk Biden's China, Spain ambassador nominees MORE (R-Ariz.) was confirmed to be the ambassador to Turkey. 

Activist Victoria Reggie Kennedy was confirmed to be the envoy to Austria and Ken SalazarKen SalazarSenate confirms Thomas Nides as US ambassador to Israel Biden nominates Ken Salazar as ambassador to Mexico Report: Mexican officials say Salazar will be next US ambassador to Mexico MORE has been confirmed to the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.

Confirmations of several of President BidenJoe BidenPredictions of disaster for Democrats aren't guarantees of midterm failure A review of President Biden's first year on border policy  Vilsack accuses China of breaking commitments in Trump-era trade deal MORE’s picks have been mired in holdouts within the Senate, particularly by Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel advances bill blocking tech giants from favoring own products Lawmakers press Biden admin to send more military aid to Ukraine On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam MORE (R-Texas) over the issue of sanctions against the Russian Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline.

"I've made clear to every State Department official, to every state department nominee, that I will place holds on these nominees unless and until the Biden administration follows the law and stops this pipeline and imposes the sanctions,” Cruz said in August during remarks on the floor.

Criticizing the Biden administration for how the Afghanistan evacuation was handled, Sen. Josh HawleyJoshua (Josh) David HawleyMissouri Senate candidate says Congress members should go to jail if guilty of insider trading On The Money — Ban on stock trading for Congress gains steam The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Schumer tees up doomed election reform vote MORE (R-Miss.) has also suggested he would be another Senate holdout on nominations within the Defense and State departments.