Biden’s Delayed Pick for Israel Ambassador, Tom Nides, Chairman of Morgan Stanley
According to the Associated Press, President Joe Biden is expected to nominate Tom Nides, a former senior State Department official, as ambassador to Israel.
From 2011 to 2013, the new Morgan Stanley managing director and vice chairman served as Hillary Clinton’s deputy secretary of state for management and resources.
According to the AP’s second source, Biden will make an announcement about Nides soon, but no date has been set. The source, who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter, said Biden had made his choice for Israel’s ambassadorship and that a review was underway.
The White House refused to speak to the Associated Press about whether Nides would be nominated.
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Nides has already been formally offered the role, according to the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the yet-to-be-announced choice.
Officials said Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, was also being considered for the high-profile role.
After this month’s 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, which killed more than 250 civilians — mainly Palestinians — and displaced tens of thousands from the Gaza Strip, the administration has made appointing an ambassador to Israel a top priority. The clashes between Israel and Hamas were the most important since 2014.
In the weeks after Biden’s inauguration in January, Israelis protested that he was late to name his envoy and reach out to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Following former President Donald Trump’s warm embrace, some Israeli officials were concerned that the relative early silence would signal a deterioration in ties between the two close allies.
Biden, who spoke to Netanyahu for the first time about four weeks after being sworn in, had put off his first call with Netanyahu in part because he wanted to meet with main European allies first while he considered his options for reviving the Obama-era Iran nuclear agreement, which was shelved by the Trump administration. Netanyahu is adamantly opposed to the agreement.
But the official said that the Biden administration’s diplomatic efforts with Israel even before this month’s fighting had been complicated by Israel’s own chaotic politics in the leadup to the fourth round of elections there in March.
Nides launched his Washington. This is a brief summary.