Key Pro-Israel Obama Ally Splits

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    Jul 29, 2012 11:54 PM GMT
    http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/28/exclusive-key-pro-israel-obama-ally-splits.html

    Dennis Ross, who had worked with the Obama team since 2008, had the ear of the pro-Israel lobby. Now he’s bowing out of politics, Eli Lake reports, just when Obama needs him most.

    As Republican donors are financing multimillion-dollar campaigns to bring Jewish voters over to Mitt Romney, one of President Obama’s most important liaisons to the pro-Israel community has opted to sit out the 2012 election cycle.

    Dennis Ross, a longtime diplomat and a key architect of the Oslo peace process under President Clinton—a man who worked for the Obama campaign during the 2008 Democratic primaries despite his previous loyalty to the Clintons—won’t be campaigning for Obama this time, Ross confirmed to The Daily Beast.

    “I am the Counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy,” Ross said in an email on Friday. “The Washington Institute is a non-profit organization and I cannot do political work from here. When I acted for the campaign in 2008, I had to take a leave of absence to do so. Having only recently returned to the Institute, I cannot now again take a leave of absence.”

    After his success stumping for Obama in the 2008 campaign, Ross went on to become a key Middle East policymaker, first at the State Department and later at the White House.

    “Ambassador Ross was obviously the No. 1 pro-Israel surrogate for the Obama campaign in 2008,” said Josh Block, a former press aide for the Clinton administration and former top spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. “The fact that after three years of working on Mideast policy side-by-side with the president, Ambassador Ross has decided to sit out this campaign, unlike other former top officials now at nonpartisan think tanks, will certainly be understood as a message of its own, intentionally or unintentionally.”

    Ross himself said, “I can give substantive advice to the administration, the president’s campaign, or any campaign that would ask for it. And, of course, when I speak I can talk about my views on policy and I have been supportive of the president’s policy on leading foreign-policy issues.”

    That’s a departure from Ross’s hands-on work with the Obama administration over the past four years.
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    Jul 31, 2012 7:05 AM GMT
    More important is Defense Minister Ehus Barak's interview on CNN today in which he said that Obama is doing more for Israel than any other administration. To quote the Defense Minister and former PM: "But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”

    Mr. Romney's pandering to the Jewish vote is obvious.
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    Jul 31, 2012 7:18 AM GMT
    mrrumples saidMore important is Defense Minister Ehus Barak's interview on CNN today in which he said that Obama is doing more for Israel than any other administration. To quote the Defense Minister and former PM: "But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”

    Mr. Romney's pandering to the Jewish vote is obvious.

    Of course Israeli officials will say positive things about Obama in public. What would you expect? Most people know Obama is not dedicated to stopping Iran. Otherwise the Administration would not work so hard to keep loopholes in the sanctions. (Iran Sanctions Test, Wall Street Journal, 7/30/12)
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    Jul 31, 2012 1:30 PM GMT
    Maybe when Obama wins, all of you will leave this website.
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    Jul 31, 2012 2:32 PM GMT
    TheBizMan saidMaybe when Obama wins, all of you will leave this website.

    What will you do if Romney wins? Economy not getting better and significant pct not confident that Obama can do anything about it? Maybe move to Venezuela or Bolivia.
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    Aug 01, 2012 1:20 AM GMT
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    TheBizMan saidMaybe when Obama wins, all of you will leave this website.

    What will you do if Romney wins? Economy not getting better and significant pct not confident that Obama can do anything about it? Maybe move to Venezuela or Bolivia.


    Romney won't win. He has no personality, and he doesn't know how to be authentic, or more importantly........how to seem authentic.


    people still cream their panties when Obama comes out to deliver a speech
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    Aug 02, 2012 7:23 AM GMT
    mrrumples saidMore important is Defense Minister Ehus Barak's interview on CNN today in which he said that Obama is doing more for Israel than any other administration. To quote the Defense Minister and former PM: "But I should tell you honestly that this administration under President Obama is doing in regard to our security more than anything that I can remember in the past.”

    Mr. Romney's pandering to the Jewish vote is obvious.




    Good that you point this out, its a mathematical fact, not just something "israeli officials say in public". Romney is so obvious as was Gingrich, that he'll do and say anything to get those millions from their Billionaire Dual US/Israeli Citizen Adelson. Adelson makes no effort to hide that his motivations are for Israel and his own pockets. Money is corrupting our political process.

    AND NO BY GOD IT IS NOT ANTI SEMITIC TO WRITE THE ABOVE !! I am a US citizen and when outside money and influences are buying policy it happens to be the patriotic thing to do, to point it out. The same type influences were right in the middle of pushing the US to war with Iraq, and now these same forces, the same money influence from the same or more groups including the Israeli Lobby AIPAC are pushing us toward war that Israel wants with Iran. Check out Adelsons opinion about going to war with Iran. Unlike what our government officials say for that Israeli money, ISRAEL'S INTERESTS ARE NOT WHAT IS BEST FOR THE USA.

    As for Ross, its about time he's out of our government. We need his one sided pro Israeli influence in peace seeking between Israel and Palestine, about like we need a chinese government official helping our state department seek peace between china and Tibet. Wake up people, the rest of the world knows what is going on, the US cannot be an honest peace broker with Israeli partisans on our peace seeking team.