Sanders Says Biden Must Pick Ambassador Who Won't Blindly Back Right-Wing Israeli Government
U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders on Thursday called on President Joe Biden to select an ambassador to Israel who will not blindly kowtow to the nation’s right-wing government, a demand that came as the Netanyahu regime intensified its deadly assault on the Gaza Strip without a shred of public criticism from the White House.
“As President Biden considers his choice for ambassador to Israel, I encourage him to choose someone who can represent our country in an even-handed way, and who can engage not only with Israel but with the Palestinians as well,” the Vermont senator tweeted. “The role of the United States should be to bring the peoples of the region together, not simply to support a right-wing Israeli government.”
“The role of the United States should be to bring the peoples of the region together, not simply to support a right-wing Israeli government.”
—Sen. Bernie Sanders
Later this month, Biden is expected to unveil a slate of ambassadorship picks that will reportedly include disgraced former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who has been privately selected to represent the U.S. in Japan.
The Washington Post reported last month that former State Department official Thomas Nides—who is now the managing director and vice chairman of Wall Street giant Morgan Stanley—has “emerged as the likely candidate for ambassador to Israel.”
Click Here: newcastle knights jerseyJonathan Shrier, a career diplomat, is currently the U.S. chargé d’affaires in Israel, an interim role filling the absence of a permanent ambassador. In a tweet Monday, Shrier condemned Hamas rocket fire without mentioning the preceding Israeli attack on Palestinian worshipers at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound, which injured more than 300 people.
During a briefing this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki vowed that Biden “will nominate a qualified, experienced ambassador to Israel over the coming weeks.”
“But in the meantime, we have great confidence in our team on the ground in Jerusalem led by… Jonathan Shrier, who enjoys open and regular access to a range of senior officials,” Psaki said. “And Jonathan and his team are fully latched up with both our team here, the State Department, officials on the ground.”
In recent days, the Biden administration has faced growing criticism from Sanders, other U.S. progressives, and international humanitarian groups for refusing to take concrete action to stop Israel’s onslaught in Gaza, which has thus far killed at least 119 people and injured more than 830.
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