Senate acts on 'unprecedented' lack of U.S. ambassadors, spurred by Israel-Hamas war

A road sign points the way to the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, which does not currently have an ambassador, hampering diplomatic efforts to calm violence between Israel and Hamas militants. With Israel at war with Hamas, the Senate is moving urgently to fill key U.S. diplomatic posts throughout the Middle East — many of which have been sitting empty for months.

Most glaringly, the U.S. does not currently have an ambassador in Israel. That vacancy hobbles the Biden administration’s ability to pursue a number of goals, from negotiating the release of U.S. hostages held by Hamas to easing the violence […]

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