President Biden on Tuesday tapped former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to function his subsequent ambassador to Israel, pending affirmation by the Senate.
Lew served as Treasury secretary in the course of the Obama administration from 2013-17. He was additionally director of the Workplace of Administration and Price range from 1998 to 2001 in the course of the Clinton administration and was a principal on the Nationwide Safety Council in each presidencies.
Previous to his authorities work, Lew served as managing director and chief working officer for 2 Citigroup enterprise models. He’s co-president of the board of the Nationwide Library of Israel USA and is a member of the Council on Overseas Relations.
Lew was confirmed as Treasury secretary in 2013 with bipartisan assist in a 71-26 vote. He’ll want the assist of at the least 50 senators in a narrowly divided Senate this time round to earn affirmation to the ambassador put up.
If confirmed, Lew would change Tom Nides, Biden’s first ambassador to Israel, who departed the put up after two years.
He would take over the ambassadorship at a tense time in U.S.-Israel relations. The Biden White Home has been adamant that Israel is a crucial ally, however the president and high aides have expressed issues about judicial reforms pushed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration that may curb the independence of the judiciary.
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