Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

U.S. Nominee for U.N. Vows to Fight 'Bias' against Israel ; Pick for Envoy Distances Herself from Old Remarks on Palestinian Statehood

Newspaper article International Herald Tribune

U.S. Nominee for U.N. Vows to Fight 'Bias' against Israel ; Pick for Envoy Distances Herself from Old Remarks on Palestinian Statehood

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Samantha Power appeared to face no serious obstacles during congressional hearings for her confirmation as the next U.S. ambassador.

Samantha Power received a mostly cordial reception on Wednesday from senators weighing her nomination as the next United States ambassador to the United Nations, though Republicans pressed her to explain past comments on Israel and certain "crimes" and "sins" she once said had been committed by the United States.

Ms. Power, a former journalist and national security specialist who has written extensively about genocide and humanitarian intervention, appeared to face no serious obstacles to confirmation during the hearing by the Foreign Relations Committee.

Several top Republican senators, including the ranking member of the committee, Bob Corker of Tennessee and John McCain of Arizona, lent their support.

"I know you're going to be received very well," Mr. Corker said at the outset of the hearing.

If confirmed by the committee and then the full Senate, Ms. Power would succeed Susan E. Rice, who has been named the new national security adviser.

Ms. Power's nomination had been studied as a possible hint that President Barack Obama planned a more aggressive role in quelling the violence in Syria. But he has moved only gingerly in that direction, offering small arms to opposition fighters, and she offered few additional details.

Her path toward confirmation was undoubtedly eased by an earlier endorsement from Mr. McCain, as well as an unusual statement from the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Michael B. Oren, who departed from normal protocol of not commenting on such a presidential nomination to make it clear that Israel had no qualms about her.

Ms. Power vowed Wednesday to fight within the United Nations against what she called "unacceptable bias and attacks against the state of Israel. …

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