On Wednesday, the US Senate finally confirmed Thomas Nides by voice vote to be the next ambassador to Israel.
The confirmation of Nides is a huge relief for the Jewish community since the former can finally begin his job as an Israeli ambassador.
Nides, a secular Jew from Duluth, Minnesota, and former deputy secretary of state for management and resources under Hillary Clinton expressed his support for US funding of Israel’s Iron Dome defensive missile system during his Senate confirmation hearing.
“This is a defensive mechanism. It is to stop rockets from raining in on Israel. We are supportive of the replenishment and it is in our national security interest,” Nides said.
In earlier interviews, Nides s has also pledged to support and advance the progress made in the Trump-brokered Abraham Accords, and to oppose the anti-Semitic and anti-Israel BDS movement.
In a statement, AIPAC, the largest pro-Israel lobbying group in the US, praised Nides following his confirmation and wish him all the best in his new position.