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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Dissension in Obama's house

A new book to be published next month by Dennis Ross, President Obama's special envoy to Iran, together with David Makovsky, belies President Obama's claim that the road to preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons runs through a 'Palestinian state.'
The book, written with David Makovsky and entitled "Myths, illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East," opposes the Obama administration's concept of linkage. The book is to be published by Viking Press next month.

Contrary to the position of the president and other advisers, Ross writes that efforts to advance dialogue with Iran should not be connected to the renewal of talks between Israel and the Palestinians.
The Obama White House does not tolerate dissent:
Because of Ross' position, his superiors at the State Department do not allow him to promote the book or be interviewed about it.
Ross and Makovsky wrote the book before Ross assumed his current position in the White House.

Given the great job the White House did of vetting nominees for high positions, I guess it's not surprising that they missed this one too.



At 9:49 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Considering the Jordanian vehemence about a Palestinian state, it is any wonder most Israeli Jews feel the same way about the so-called TSS?



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