on the way to Jerusalem? Joe Biden has announced that he intends to appoint Thomas Mobiles as US Ambassador to Israel – a position that has remained vacant since the end of David Friedman’s tenure. Mobils serves as Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley and was previously a senior State Department official.
Niles was deputy secretary of state during Obama’s tenure and is now considered to be linked by many members of the Biden administration and the National Security Council in his administration. Earlier, Niles had been an adviser to House Speaker Thomas Foley and Majority Leader Tony Coelho. In a press release, Biden called him a “respected public servant and business leader.”
According to US media reports, Biden was in a dilemma over the choice of ambassadors, as people close to him testified that “he has too many close friends”, a fact that made it difficult for him to make the right decision – but tonight (Tuesday) the US president announced his election.
Former Ambassador Dan Shapiro praised Niles: “Congratulations to my good friend on his candidacy. It will be one of the best roles he will have, and he will fill it with links and magic. Great choice!”
Congratulations to my good friend Tom Nides on his nomination to serve as US Ambassador to Israel! It will be one of the best jobs he’ll ever have, and he will do it with skill and charm. A great choice!
Plus he continues the Duluth, MN-Israel connection forged by @JulieFisher4.
— Dan Shapiro (@DanielBShapiro) June 15, 2021