Cotton Slams Biden’s ‘Iran Sympathizer’ Nominee For Israel Ambassador

During a Sunday interview on Fox News, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) called for Congress not to confirm President Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to Israel — explaining that the nominee, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, is an “Iran sympathizer.”

Cotton made the comments during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” where he condemned Lew for his history of aiding Iran.

“Jack Lew is an Iran sympathizer who has no business being our ambassador,” the Arkansas Republican said. “It’s bad for the United States. It’s bad for Israel to have an Iran sympathizer as our ambassador to that country.”

“He helped Iran evade American sanctions, and he lied to Congress about it,” Cotton added. “He defended the Obama administration’s refusal to use our veto the United Nations in the final days of the Obama administration to protect Israel from antisemitic resolutions.”

While serving as Treasury Secretary under former President Barack Obama in 2015, Lew testified before Congress in support of the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal. According to Newsmax, “Lew also came under fire in 2016 over the Obama administration’s $400 million cash payment to Iran, which came as the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement over a disagreement with the arms deal with Iran signed before the fall of the shah and the 1979 Iranian Revolution.”

“At the time, The Wall Street Journal reported the payment was made in Swiss francs and other currencies, which were put onto pallets on an unmarked cargo plane and flown to Iran,” the outlet added.

As Iran was involved in planning and financing the horrific terrorist attack in Israel on October 7, where Hamas killed at least 1,300 Israelis and 27 Americans, the notion of having an “Iran sympathizer” in the role of U.S. Ambassador to Israel has elicited concerns from lawmakers.

“I know Democrats are saying that we need to confirm Jack Lew quickly to show our support for Israel,” Cotton explained. “I would say it’s the exact opposite. We need to defeat Jack Lew’s nomination to show that we have a new approach to Iran.”

Democrats have expressed concern that the position of U.S. Ambassador to Israel has remained empty in the midst of an escalating war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas. Lew was nominated for the position in September — but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing for his confirmation isn’t until Wednesday.

This news comes as the Biden administration is already under fire after Rob Malley, the special envoy to Iran, was suspended from his position over his alleged connection to an “Iranian spy ring” that was attempting to shift U.S. policy to favor Iran. Malley has also been accused of mishandling classified documents.