Former representative Robert wexler would be one of two finalists to serve as president Joe biden’s Ambassador to Israel.
According to Forward Jacob Kornbluh, Wexler is on the president’s shortlist alongside Tom nides, a veteran of the Bill clinton and Barack obama administrations. Biden could name his pick as early as this week.
The Washington Post anchored Nides like the favorite for the position. But Kornbluh’s report shows Wexler remains in contention with notable backing from Secretary of State Tony blinken.
Wexler represented parts of South Florida in Congress for over a decade, from 1997 to 2010. He also served six years in the State Senate, from 1990 to 1996.
In 2010, Wexler resigned from Congress after being appointed executive director of the Center for Middle East Peace and Economic Cooperation, a Washington think tank.
During his tenure in the House, Wexler was well versed in Israeli issues and considered a strong pro-Israel Democrat. Shortly after leaving Congress, Wexler was even touted as a potential Ambassador to Israel under the Obama administration.
Now, more than a decade later, Biden envisions Wexler in the same role. Biden was vice president of the Obama administration for eight years.
In recent years, Wexler has worked for top lobbying firm Ballard Partners. This role helped strengthen Wexler’s CV regarding Israeli-American relations.
Wexler joined the firm in 2017. Three years later, Ballard opened a boutique in Israel. Wexler helped found this office, based in Tel Aviv.
Nides, the other finalist for the role of Ambassador, would bring a different CV to the post. Under Clinton, Nides served as chief of staff to the U.S. Trade Representative Mickey kantor. Nides worked on NAFTA in this role. During the Obama years, Nides served as Assistant Secretary of State for Management and Resources under Secretary Hillary Clinton.