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Republicans grill Biden’s Israel ambassador nominee Jack Lew in Senate hearing: ‘Win for Iran’

Republicans on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee pressed President Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Israel, Democrat Jack Lew, on his past work on Iran sanctions during a nomination hearing Wednesday. 

Several pro-Palestinian demonstrators protesting against Israel disrupted the first few minutes of the hearing. After they were escorted out, the meeting continued uninterrupted. 

Lew defended his record on the Iran deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and asserted he would work to advance a “negotiated two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”

“I want to be clear, Iran is a threat to regional stability and to Israel’s existence,” Lew said. “If confirmed, I will uphold President Biden’s commitment to deny Iran a nuclear weapon.” 

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Fox News Digital on Monday evening that he will vote to oppose Lew during a confirmation vote if he proceeds to a full confirmation and that he will be leading an effort to persuade other GOP colleagues this week to block his confirmation.

“I know my Democratic colleagues contend that we should confirm Jack Lew properly to show our support for Israel, but I would turn that around. We should defeat Jack Lew’s nomination to show that our nation has a new policy towards Iran.” Cotton said.

A Senate GOP aide also told Fox News Digital Wednesday that a handful of Republicans are likely to oppose Lew, which would delay his expected confirmation. 

Jamie Joseph is a writer who covers politics. She leads Fox News Digital coverage of the Senate. 

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