Biden to nominate former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew as ambassador to Israel
President Biden will nominate Obama-era Treasury Secretary Jack Lew to be the U.S. ambassador to Israel, the White House announced Tuesday.
If confirmed, Lew — now a managing partner at Lindsay Goldberg LLC and a visiting professor at Columbia University — would fill a position left nearly three months ago by former ambassador Tom Nides. Lew is a co-president of the board of the National Library of Israel USA, as well as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Lew, 68, will become ambassador if confirmed at a time when the U.S.-Israel relationship requires skillful navigation. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is trying to push through a judicial overhaul that the Biden administration opposes. Netanyahu's government is trying to remove the Supreme Court's power to review and overrule decisions made by government ministers.