Washington insiders told JNS that Lew, who was seen as a frontrunner to replace Thomas Nides, knows his way around both the District and Israel.
“I’m a bit of a nag on this, including the idea of settlement growth – which infuriates me, when they do things – just infuriates the situation, both in east Jerusalem and the West Bank,” he added.
“You represent the United States of America. Tone down the Judaism in your work,” a State Department official told David Friedman.
“The Biden administration believes it must take care of the Palestinian people,” Nides said. “That is the difference between us and the Trump administration.”
“With the administration, we will work to deepen our cooperation,” said Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Herzog.
The move ends a nearly 10-month period in which Washington had no official envoy in the Jewish state.
Speaking to the Latino Coalition for Israel and President Trump Faith Advisors in Jerusalem, U.S. Ambassador David Friedman rejected criticism leveled at him by The New York Times.
Colel Chabad charity organization feeds tens of thousands of impoverished Israelis each month.
Seven former American ambassadors, from both Republican and Democratic administrations, write letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, saying UNRWA funds cuts have national security ramifications for Israel and Jordan, among other US allies in the region.
On Tuesday, the 23-year-old daughter of David Friedman, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Israel, realized a “life-long dream” of moving to the Jewish state.