Senate Confirms Tom Nides as U.S. Ambassador to Israel

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Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, as he waits for a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister in Islamabad in 2011
Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Thomas Nides, as he waits for a meeting with Pakistan's Prime Minister in Islamabad in 2011Credit: Anjum Naveed/ AP
Ben Samuels
Ben Samuels

WASHINGTON - The Senate confirmed Tom Nides as U.S. ambassador to Israel via voice vote on Wednesday after Republican lawmakers lifted their hold on his nomination.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, who brought Nides' nomination to the floor one day after Sen. Robert Menendez attempted to fast-track Nides' confirmation via unanimous consent, said he was pleased the Republicans had lifted their hold on the nomination.

No details were given as to what the original objections were, but Republican lawmakers have recently united in their opposition to the reopening of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed Nides' nomination to the Senate floor last month after advancing him and dozens of other nominees, avoiding a fate that the vast majority of the Biden administration's diplomatic nominations have been condemned to — being blocked by Republican Senator Ted Cruz over the administration's decision to waive sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. Cruz had not formally placed a hold on Nides' nomination, though previously opposed Nides on record, indicating that he would eventually block it.

U.S. President Joe Biden previously announced Nides as his nominee for next ambassador to Israel in June. Nides, currently 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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