Tom Nides, Morgan Stanley Chairman, Biden's Delayed Pick for Israel Ambassador

President Joe Biden is likely to appoint former senior State Department official Tom Nides as ambassador to Israel, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

The current Morgan Stanley managing director and vice chairman was deputy secretary of state for management and resources under Hillary Clinton from 2011 to 2013.

Biden's pending announcement regarding Nides is expected soon, though no date has been scheduled, according to the AP's second source. The source, who could not comment publicly, said Biden had selected his choice for the Israel ambassadorship and a review was in motion.

The White House declined to provide the AP with a comment on whether Nides would be nominated.

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

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Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Morgan Stanley Tom Nides speaks on stage during the 2015 Concordia Summit at Grand Hyatt New York on October 2, 2015 in New York City. President Joe Biden is likely to appoint Nides as ambassador to Israel. Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Concordia Summit

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the yet-to-be announced pick, said Nides has already been formally offered the position.

Robert Wexler, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, was also receiving serious consideration for the high-profile post, officials said.

Getting an ambassador in place in Israel has become a high priority for the administration after this month's 11-day war between Israel and Hamas that killed more than 250 people —mostly Palestinians — and displaced tens of thousands from the Gaza Strip. The fighting marked the most significant clashes between Israel and Hamas since 2014.

Israelis complained in the weeks following Biden's inauguration in January that he was slow to name his envoy and to reach out to Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Some Israeli officials worried that the relative early silence forecast a chillier relationship between the two close allies after former President Donald Trump's warm embrace.

Biden, who spoke to Netanyahu for the first time about four weeks after his swearing in, had put off his first call with Netanyahu, in part, because he first wanted to speak with key European allies as he weighed his steps on reviving the Iran nuclear deal hatched during the Obama administration and shelved by the Trump White House. Netanyahu strongly opposes the deal.

But the official said that the Biden administration's diplomatic efforts with Israel even before this month's fighting had been complicated by Israel's own chaotic politics in the leadup to the fourth round of elections there in March.

Nides launched his Washington career in 2006 working for Rep. Tony Coelho, the Democratic majority whip. He also worked for Democratic House Speaker Tom Foley early in his career. During the Clinton administration, he served as chief of staff to the United States Trade Representative Mickey Kantor. Barack Obama nominated him in 2010 to serve as deputy secretary of state for management and resources.

In addition to his work at Morgan Stanley, Nides has also done stints as a top executive at Fannie Mae, Credit Suisse First Boston, Zurich-based Credit Suisse Group, and the global public relations firm Burson-Marsteller.

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President Joe Biden walks to Marine One upon departure from the Ellipse at the White House, Saturday, May 22, 2021, in Washington. Biden is en route to Camp David. Alex Brandon/AP Photo