It’s official. Martin Indyk is the first Jewish U.S. ambassador to Israel. In a voice vote with no debate Friday, the Senate confirmed Indyk’s nomination.
The native Australian, 43, will be going to the Jewish state to assume his post in the coming weeks, according to a State Department official. Indyk, one of the senior members of President Clinton’s Middle East peace process team, has served until how as the National Security Council director of Near East and South Asian affairs.
Mark Parris, a senior deputy secretary of state in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the State Department, will succeed Indyk at NSC.
According to Jewish leaders across the political spectrum, Parris’ appointment “raises no red flags.”