Sen­ate con­firms Jack Lew as Israeli ambas­sador as war rages in Gaza

The Sen­ate vot­ed 53 to 43 to con­firm Jack Lew as the Unit­ed States’s ambas­sador to Israel on Tues­day.
Pres­i­dent Joe Biden nom­i­nat­ed Lew, who was trea­sury sec­re­tary under Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma, to the Israeli ambas­sador post in Sep­tem­ber. His con­fir­ma­tion process was expe­dit­ed in the wake of Hamas’s Oct. 7 ter­ror­ist attack, which also prompt­ed increased scruti­ny from GOP sen­a­tors over his han­dling of Iran mat­ters.
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Democ­rats stood by Lew, who vowed to be a cham­pi­on for Israel.
“With every­thing hap­pen­ing in Israel right now, con­firm­ing Jack Lew at this moment will be one of the most impor­tant and con­se­quen­tial nom­i­na­tion votes the Sen­ate has tak­en in a long time,” Sen­ate Major­i­ty Leader Chuck Schumer (D‑NY) said while announc­ing the con­fir­ma­tion vote on Thurs­day.
While most Repub­li­cans were crit­i­cal of Lew, he did sus­tain some GOP sup­port in the final vote, includ­ing Sens. Lind­sey Gra­ham (R‑SC) and Rand Paul (R‑KY).
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In addi­tion to the Repub­li­cans who vot­ed for Lew’s con­fir­ma­tion, a num­ber of Democ­rats fac­ing tough reelec­tion fights in red states next year also backed Biden’s new Israeli ambas­sador. Sens. Joe Manchin (D‑WV), Jon Tester (D‑MT), Sher­rod Brown (D‑OH), and Bob Casey (D …