New U.S. Envoy Thomas Nides Arrives in Israel, Will Enter COVID Quarantine

Nides, who has years of experience on both Wall Street and Capitol Hill, will reside in Jerusalem

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Ambassador Tom Nides receiving a COVID test upon arriving in Israel, Monday.
Ambassador Tom Nides receiving a COVID test upon arriving in Israel, Monday.Credit: Twitter
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The new U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides arrived in the country on Monday and will enter isolation as required by Israel's latest COVID guidelines.

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Nides will be residing in Jerusalem and has expressed his eagerness to travel "all over this country to connect with Israel’s rich history and culture.

"After my first trip to Israel, I wrote in my local newspaper that 'the moment I put my feet on the ground, I had a feeling which I will never forget.' Landing today in Israel to be U.S. Ambassador is another moment I’ll never forget," Nides tweeted. 

In a video posted on Twitter,  Nides said that he was honored that President Joe Biden had selected him to be the ambassador to "this beautiful country" and that "there’s no greater privilege than what I’ve been asked to do – to represent the United States of America to the State of Israel."

The ambassador noted that he aspires to represent "the full diversity of Americans whose backgrounds and beliefs may differ but are united in the core American values of freedom, democracy and opportunity. The same rings true for Israel. That is why the bonds between our two countries, as president Biden has said, are unbreakable."

Nides, a deputy secretary of state during the Obama administration, and more recently the vice chairman of investment bank Morgan Stanley, has years of experience on both Wall Street and Capitol Hill and has been lauded for his ability to manage and navigate complex diplomatic and bureaucratic situations.

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