WASHINGTON–U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near East, South Asia, Central Asia and Counterterrorism, on Tuesday released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jack Lew to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel:
“Since October 7th, the Biden administration has been working around the clock to support our ally Israel, negotiate the rescue of hostages held by Hamas, and deliver humanitarian assistance to innocent civilians in Gaza. Having an ambassador on the ground is key to ensuring these efforts are as successful as possible, and I was proud to vote for Jack Lew’s confirmation today,” said Murphy. “It’s important we have every post that is related to resolving this crisis filled. I will continue to push for the swift confirmation of nominees for U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon and Egypt, the State Department’s Coordinator for Counterterrorism, and the USAID Assistant Administrator for the Middle East. ”
Last week, Murphy released a statement after the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted to send the nominations for the U.S. Ambassador to Israel and Egypt to the U.S. Senate floor. Murphy spoke at a U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the nominations hearings of Jack Lew to serve as U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Earlier this month, Murphy called for swift confirmation of key State Department officials in the Middle East, including Ambassador to Israel.