WASHINGTON (May. 14)
Kenneth Keating, a former Republican Senator from New York and former Ambassador to India, was nominated today by President Nixon to be the next U.S. Ambassador to Israel. His nomination is expected to be confirmed by the Senate. Keating, 73. served as Ambassador to India from May 1. 1969-Aug. 18, 1972. Previously he had served 15 years in the U.S. Congress–as a Representative in 1946-53 and 1956-57 and as a Senator from 1958-65. He is a partner in the New York City law firm of Royal, Koegl and Wells.
During his years as a member of New York State’s Congressional delegation, Keating was popular with Jewish voters and frequently espoused the cause of Israel and other issues of Jewish concern. As Ambassador to Israel he will succeed Walworth Barbour, a career diplomat who served as U.S. Ambassador to Israel from 1961-73.