Biden names foreign policy team

Antony Blinken, who said Biden would not withhold aid if Israel applied sovereignty, nominated to serve as Secretary of State,

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The Biden transition team announced a a number of appointments to senior foreign policy positions Monday.

According to the announcement, Antony Blinken will serve as the Biden Administration's Secretary of State; Alejandro Mayorkas will serve as Secretary of Homeland Security; Avril Haines as Dir of National Intelligence; Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US Ambassador to theUnited Nations; Jake Sullivan as National Security Advisor; and John Kerry as Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.

President-elect Joe Biden said upon the announcement of his foreign policy team: "We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy. I need a team ready on Day One to help me reclaim America's seat at the head of the table, rally the world to meet the biggest challenges we face, and advance our security, prosperity, and values. This is the crux of that team. These individuals are equally as experienced and crisis-tested as they are innovative and imaginative. Their accomplishments in diplomacy are unmatched, but they also reflect the idea that we cannot meet the profound challenges of this new moment with old thinking and unchanged habits -- or without diversity of background and perspective. It's why I've selected them."

Blinken has been a key advisor to President-elect Biden closest advisors on foreign policy and was a key figure in the Obama Administration. He was opposed to the plan to apply Israeli sovereignty in Judea and Samaria, but has stated that Biden would not punish Israel for such a move by withholding aid.

"Now, let me be clear about one thing, because the vice president can clear about it himself. He would not tie our military assistance to Israel to any political decisions that it makes," Blinken said.

"Israel's security is challenged on a daily basis. They face existential threats every single day. And he's made clear that he would not tie our military assistance to this. So that's the one thing he's… explicitly ruled out. Now, that's probably the greatest point of leverage. Well, again, it's in our interest that Israel have the means to secure itself. And that's not something he would touch."