Report: Biden shortlist for Israel ambassador down to two

US President Joe Biden has narrowed down his list of candidates for ambassador to Israel to Tom Nides, a former official in the Clinton and Obama administrations and Robert Wexler, a former congressman from Florida, The Forward reported on Sunday, citing sources close to the White House.

According to the report, the appointment could come as soon as this week, with Nides emerging as the likely pick. The sources said Secretary of State Antony Blinken is in favor of Wexler while Steve Ricchetti, a counselor to the president, is pushing for Nides’ appointment.

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