Senate Confirms Jack Lew as Israel’s New Ambassador

Photo by Paul Morigi/Brookings Institution

The Senate voted on Tuesday to confirm Jack Lew – a Frum Yid – to be the new U.S. ambassador to Israel, with the confirmation passing by with 53-43.

The Democratic bloc voted unanimously. Only two Republican Senators – Sens. Rand Paul, of Kentucky, and Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina – voting in favor.

The U.S. has not had a Senate-confirmed ambassador to Israel since the former ambassador  Tom Nides left the administration in July. Stephanie Hallett, a career diplomat, has been the top official at the U.S. Embassy in the interim.

This vote comes as Congress gears up for a fight over how to provide funding to support Israel in its war against Hamas.


Video: The confirmation herring

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