Banking executive fills position left vacant since the departure of David Friedman

After nearly a year without a US ambassador in Israel, newly confirmed envoy Thomas Nides arrived to the Jewish state on Monday morning to take up the post left vacant after the departure of David Friedman.

The Biden appointee was confirmed by the Senate on November 3 and will replace senior diplomat Michael Ratney, who has served as charge d'affaires at the US embassy in Jerusalem since June.

Nides posted on Twitter that landing at Ben Gurion Airport to be the ambassador was an unforgettable moment and that he is following the quarantine rules imposed by Israel to prevent the spread of the omicron variant, "eagerly awaiting a negative test result so I can begin to meet many of you soon!"... Read More: i24