Eli Cohen, the foreign minister of Israel, sent a gift to the departing U.S. Ambassador Tom Nides in acknowledgment for the latter’s service.
The ambassador was presented with a diplomatic passport.
Upon receiving the paper at a farewell meeting with Cohen, Nides said, “That’s so, so cool.
“This is the best gift I have ever received,” he said.
The passport’s inscription reads: “Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, a bridge between nations and people, returning home with a mission to deliver our message to the United States.
“An ambassador once is an ambassador forever.
Once in Israel, you will always have Israel in your heart.
You are still on your way to your goal in these difficult times.
Nides left his position for personal reasons, citing the fact that he had been separated from his family since December 2021.
Tom has worked with typical vigor and expertise to advance American diplomatic, economic, and security interests, as well as to deepen the special relationship between the United States and Israel.
Antony Blinken, secretary of state: “We will all miss having him represent us in Israel, but I know he is looking forward to some well-deserved time with his family,” he continued.