US Senate confirms Jack Lew as next ambassador to Israel

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Jacob Lew, former treasury secretary under President Barack Obama, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine his nomination as Ambassador to the State of Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)
Jacob Lew, former treasury secretary under President Barack Obama, testifies during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing to examine his nomination as Ambassador to the State of Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

The US Senate has confirmed the nomination of former treasury secretary Jack Lew to become the next US ambassador to Israel.

The final vote tally is 53 to 43, with several Republicans, including Sens. Lindsey Graham and Rand Paul, crossing the aisle to vote with Democrats in approving US President Joe Biden’s pick.

Lew’s confirmation was fast-tracked through the Senate following the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war.

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