Senate confirms Thomas Nides as ambassador to Israel

WASHINGTON – The United States Senate confirmed Thomas R. Nides as the next ambassador to Israel on Wednesday. It was confirmed by voice vote. He previously served as undersecretary of state for administration and resources under Hillary Clinton from 2011 to 2013.

He also received the Secretary of State’s Distinguished Service Award in January 2013. Nides was born into a Jewish family in Duluth, Minnesota. He began his career on Capitol Hill in various capacities, including as a House Majority Whip Clerk and an Executive Assistant to the Speaker of the House. Later, he spent a decade as chief of staff for several members of Congress before moving into the banking sector in 1996.

At his confirmation hearing at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he said that replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system is in the best interests of US national security.

“This is a defensive mechanism. It is to prevent the rockets from hitting Israel. We support the reinstatement and it is in our national security interest, ”Nides said at a hearing that took place in September.

He said the president supports funding for Iron Dome, which supports “a very important ally in the region.”

At the committee hearing, Nides promised to support the Abrahamic Accords; oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement; and continue to “strengthen ties between our people,” including the visa waiver program.

Nides appeared before the committee along with four other nominees for different positions in the State Department. A vote on their respective nominations is expected on another date.

“The United States remains steadfast in its commitment to the security of Israel, backed by our 10-year, $ 38 billion memorandum of understanding,” he said.

Speaking about the Iranian threat, Nides said that Biden “has made clear his commitment to ensuring that Iran never develops a nuclear weapon” and that “defending Israel’s security serves the national security interests of the United States and ensures that we will always have a strong, trustworthy and secure partner. “

Nides also said the United States is committed “to promoting ties among our people,” adding: “President Biden announced that we will work with Israel in the hope that they will join the visa waiver program.”

According to his bio on the State Department website, prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Nides served as president and worldwide CEO of Burson-Marsteller and as CEO of Credit Suisse First Boston, Credit’s investment banking division. Suisse Group, based in Zurich.

Thomas R. Nides, likely US President Joe Bide’s ambassadorial candidate. (credit: DEPARTMENT OF STATE)

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) tweeted: “We congratulate Thomas Nides on his confirmation as US Ambassador to Israel. We wish him great success in this critical position.”

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