Israeli consulate's man Dennis Ross (center, in red tie) in the Oval Sept 2011 (White House photo by Pete Souza)
Dennis Ross worked for Obama for several years on Middle East peace. And before that he worked for Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush too. But he was always accused of bias toward Israel. Aaron David Miller called him Israel's lawyer. Abe Foxman celebrated him as Israel's advocate.
But Obama's spox Jay Carney said Ross was a fair dealer when he left a year back:
Dennis has been a remarkable contributor to this administration. He is -- going back to the questions we were discussing just now with Jill about Iran -- very much a part and an architect of the sanctions regime and the effort to pressure and isolate Iran, and has been at the forefront of our deliberations about handling the Arab Spring, the remarkable events we’ve seen in the Middle East and North Africa this year.
So I believe there might have been a statement that’s been put out already on this, but he’s certainly served his country and this administration and this President very well.
Joe Biden said he was a good man too! This is when they were setting out on the difficult path of making peace:
I understand why both sides are skeptical. I’ve been doing this for a long time, not as long as my friend, Dennis Ross who is with me -- Ross, who is with me -- Ross who is with me. He is with me. (Laughter and applause.) He has even more experience in the nitty-gritty of this than I do. We understand why both sides are skeptical. We’ve been down this road before and so have you, which every time makes it a little harder to go down the road again.
Well, I guess the egg's on the Obama administration's face. Ross is speaking tonight at Stanford. And guess who's sponsoring him? Boldface mine!
Sponsored by: Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiations (SCICN), International Law Society, Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Consulate General of Israel, Pacific Northwest Region, SF World Zionist Organization, J Street, Stand with Us, Jewish Community Relations Council, The David Project, Center on Democracy, Development and the Rule of Law.
"Chief Middle East Advisor to Three Presidents Reflects on Strategies to Peace"
Oh and notice J Street standing with the David Project and Stand With Us. J Street fights its own delegitimization!