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White House submits nomination of Israel envoy Nides for Senate confirmation

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Then-Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides (center) talks to South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan (right) in Seoul, South Korea, on February 29, 2012. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, Pool)
Then-Deputy Secretary of State Thomas R. Nides (center) talks to South Korean Foreign Minister Kim Sung-hwan (right) in Seoul, South Korea, on February 29, 2012. (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man, Pool)

The White House has submitted to the Senate its nomination of Thomas Nides to serve as its ambassador to Israel.

The Senate will schedule a hearing in the coming weeks to confirm Nides.

No major objection is expected to the nomination of Nides, who served as deputy secretary of state for management and resources during the Obama administration, before moving back into the private sector and becoming an executive at Morgan Stanley.

Nides is among six White House nominations submitted to the Senate. Also among them is Tamara Cofman Wittes, the Biden administration’s nominee to serve as USAID assistant administrator for the Middle East.

Wittes served as deputy assistant secretary for Near Eastern affairs during the Obama administration, before returning to the Brookings Institute in Washington, where she headed the Middle East Policy program.

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