WASHINGTON – The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on Tuesday to
approve Samantha Power as America’s next ambassador to the UN.
cleared the way for a full vote on her nomination in the 100-member
Power, 42, has worked on US President Barack Obama’s national
security staff, taught at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and is a
recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for her work in journalism.
Much of her
confirmation hearing focused on her stance on Israel, after an interview she
conducted in 2002 resurfaced raising questions of her support for the Jewish
state. In the interview, she suggested an international force might be required
to prevent atrocities in the territories, and quipped about Jewish influence in
Pressed in the hearing on her comments, Power vowed to
provide a fullthroated defense of Israel at the UN, calling for an end to the
“unacceptable bias and attacks” often leveled toward Israel.
she would work to eliminate such bias, which she believes is the product of
“disproportionate” attention given to Israel.
Power’s academic studies
have focused on genocide and war crimes. She is known as a proponent of
humanitarian intervention among Obama’s national security aides.
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