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White House Sends Ross to Tend Jewish Garden

Top aide holds conference call with Jewish papers

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Dennis Ross (L) last year with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak (R).(Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv via Getty Images)

This morning, the White House hosted a conference call for “Jewish community newspapers” in which Dennis Ross explained and clarified his boss’s position on Israel in advance of the long holiday weekend. The main talking points? “The context” for Obama’s remarks “was an unshakable, ironclad commitment to peace;” “The fundamentals of the relationship, which sometimes seem to be lost as it relates to security, have never been as strong as they are right now;” and, Europe—Obama’s call for negotiations predicated on the 1967 borders “gives him credibility with the Europeans to oppose” Palestinian statehood at the United Nations.. “The president has done what he sees as something that’s a credible basis to say,” Ross explained, “let’s focus on negotiations, and there should not be a focus on statehood in New York.”

Officially, Ross, who served a similar role in the Clinton administration, is a special adviser to the president on Mideast and Southwest Asian (read: Iran) affairs. Unofficially, he is the pro-Israel community’s largest presence in the Oval Office, “Israel’s friend in the Obama White House and one of the most influential behind-the-scenes figures in town,” as the New York Times reported earlier this week. It added, “His strategy sometimes contrasts sharply with that of a president who has bold instincts and a willingness to elevate the plight of the Palestinians to a status equal to that of the Israelis.”

I did not get to ask my question: I wanted to know about the process going into Obama’s speech last Thursday, and specifically why the official backgrounder and official fact sheet made barely any mention of Israel-Palestine while the speech itself devoted nearly 20 percent of its word count to that conflict, and why the biggest news to come out of an address ostensibly concerned about “the Arab Spring” was about Israel. I suspect I would have gotten a “we don’t comment on internal deliberations” answer. And I wonder (and it is purely speculation) if some sort of conflict between Ross and Obama may have led to this discrepancy.

So the real news of the phone call is that the White House is very much aware that, in the wake of the past week or so, its Jewish communal support needs a bit of tending to. It wants American Jews going into Shabbat and into the long weekend to read articles and blog posts (ahem) about how the White House has an “unshakable” and indeed “unprecedented” commitment to Israel’s security, and that the one line that has pissed some people off was in fact inserted precisely to help the U.S. help Israel at the U.N. That, anyway, is Dennis Ross’s story, and he is sticking to it.

Obama’s Peace Tack Contrasts With Key Aide, Friend of Israel [NYT]
Related: Mideast Questions Likely To Surface on Obama’s Trip to Europe [NYT]

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Barry says:

It’s no secret that Obama hates Jews. You don’t spend 20 years in the pews of the satanic Rev. Wright without serious malevolence in your heart and wickedness in your soul.

I cant wait for the shaudenfreude as the liberal Jews are butchered by their erstwhile ‘friends’ on the left. The genocidal Muslim American community is laughing as these dumb Jews vote for their oppressors. Ask the Jews of Malmo how that works out LOL.

Jerome says:

Barry this is total clap-trap. I almost didn’t respond to you rant, but it is so filled with irrational hate, I couldn’t let it stand.

Obama has long standing ties with the Jewish community, and many allies and supporters there as well, especially with those in Chicago. These “dumb” Jews are not being subjected to oppression here in the U.S. Likewise, labeling the entire Muslim-American community as genocidal would be humorous if it were not so reminiscent of blood libels levelled at Jews. You are off your nut! Your anticipated joy at the suffering of liberal Jews in some impending slaughter, however, says heaps about your sick mind. Get help, but quick!

Barry says:

Dude – the media has been moaning all year at the rash of Islamaphobia.

In fact, American Jews are 8 times (800%) more the victims of hate crimes that Muslims are. Why hasn’t this President with “many allies” in the Jewish community spoken out against it?

And what allies are you talking about? The Nazi Banker George Soros (y”sh)? The folks at J Street? Thomas Friedman? Those are his “Jewish” allies and supporters? Or maybe Rahm Emmanuel or Obama’s 5th grade counselor?

Can you name one observant Jew that Obama has a relationship with (other than as victims, i.e. those who his friends in Gaza ritually slaughtered).

When an identifiably Jewish man can walk across a liberal campus without being pelted with verbal abuse and stones, we can talk seriously. And if you think Obama’s importation of millions of genocidal Muslims is not going to have an effect on YOUR safety, you’re off your nut.

Well, let’s see, I guess. Let’s see if the American Muslim community becomes the first branch of the Ummah which isn’t primarily motivated by the genocidal teachings of Q’ran.

Barry says:

(At least I cam thank you for not calling me racist. Because whether its Netanyahu or Obama: vociferous disagreement with a politician doesn’t make you anti-semitic, and it doesn’t make you racist)

Hershel (Heshy) Ginsburg says:

Jerome,

Obama “does” Jewish, but he doesn’t “do” Israel. And his extensive Jewish connections were and are clearly for electoral purposes and nothing more.

hg

Efrata / Jerusalem
(and formerly of Chicago)

I believe the President is happy to accept the money of the foolish Jews who shovel it at him. This says nothing at all about his love for Jews or for Israel. His actions speak louder than his words.
Mr. Ross is born of Jewish parents, but he is (despite all his protestations to the contrary) no friend of Israel. If the president believes that dispatching Mr. Ross to do his bidding will benefit him, he his is mistaken. Those Jews who support the President no matter what he says and does will continue to support him. Those who support Israel will reject both the President and Ross.
In short, it’s much ado about nothing.

PART – I

ANY time the name of Dennis Ross is raised, it is necessary to be aware of the following information [which is provided in two parts, noting space-limits in each reply].

This was published in the Jewish Exponent [Philadelphia] c/o Jonathan Tobin [who was then its editor]:

March 15, 2004
Jonathan S. Tobin, Editor
The Jewish Exponent
2100 Arch Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103 re: Dennis Ross

Dear Mr. Tobin:

You depicted the dangers of the blind pacifism practiced by Dennis Ross (A Matter of Opinion: “A Monument to Failure” Sept. 16) and how it could influence the foreign policy of a Kerry Administration. In doing so, you correctly recalled that the revelation of Camp David in 2000—Arafat’s political “Mount Sinai”—was that its prelude (Oslo/Madrid) was an Arab subterfuge, designed only as a nefarious stratagem to destroy Israel by playing upon its deep yearning for peace.

Ascribing blame for almost having effected this tragic sell-out—which people such as Madeline Albright now discuss as if it never occurred on their watch—reverberates between the two allies. At the end of a 2002 Mission to Israel, at Israel’s Press Club (in Tel Aviv), Ehud Barak confirmed to the leadership of the American Jewish Committee what other Labor Party leaders had said during prior days. All the insiders indeed knew Arafat planned to pursue “Law of Return” claims intransigently.

PART – II

[this is the rest of the letter]

This was his posture, not withstanding “understandings” to the contrary which had been used to justify Israeli withdrawals in deference to the rearmed Palestinian Authority. When this questioner expressed a feeling of having been duped by this overconfidence —as warnings from journalists such as David Pipes and Daniel Bedein were discounted—he claimed (just as was written in the Exponent piece) that the Clintonian Concessions were and “remain the only possible terms of peace.” Barak exclaimed, “You go tell Pipes and Bedein that we wanted to make every possible sacrifice for peace!”

This language bore an uncanny resemblance to that of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, who capitulated to Hitler because he wanted “peace in our time.” So, when Dennis Ross spoke last year to the Cheltenham High School “Five Star Forum,” this questioner asked him to justify the U.S. decision to host Camp David-II. Instead of disputing the broad awareness of Arafat’s goal to flood Israel with refugees, he claimed Barak and the leader of Israel’s Mossad pressured America to hold the conference.

To a follow-up query as to why he relegated his responsibility to uphold the best interests of the United States to what he said Israel’s leaders said, Ross forcefully echoed Barak’s version of appeasement. Forgotten is George Santayana’s warning (The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905): “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

Israel—and America—can ill-afford any “enforced peace” envisioned by Dennis Ross.

The Achilles’ Heel of the above-interview is the admission that BHO’s primary focus is that elusive “peace” rather than recognizing the necessity to ensure Israel’s survival.

Ross may sleep well at night, feeling he is nudging BHO a bit towards reality.

The problem is that BHO appears to be envisioning achievement of a type of “peace” that sacrifices Israel, as in “R.I.P.”!

If any further illustration is needed…Ross is presiding over the appeasement-process regarding the Iranian Nukes.

Barry may have a more dramatic compositional style than mine, but Jerome’s responses are spot-on.

When the libs are confronted with the fact that the [palestinian] arabs have consistently sidestepped the challenge that Bibi again issued in Congress ["recognize the Jewish State"], they hide.

When the libs are reminded that their necks would be first-in-line if/when a worldwide caliphate were achieved, they hide.

When the libs are told that there should be no “daylight” between the policies of USA/Israel, they hide.

The sheer clarity of these observations is unnerving to the Jewish Community that cares about Zionism rather than the compulsion to defend the Democrats [under BHO]…who have long-ago abandoned the likes of Scoop Jackson [and, for that matter, Joseph Lieberman].

RSVP, you elitist/progressive/lib/D/apologist/appeasers!

It is necessary to parse Jerome’s “spot-on” responses to recognize how emblematic they are of the pathology that infests the appeasers:

Barry this is total clap-trap. I almost didn’t respond to you rant, but it is so filled with irrational hate, I couldn’t let it stand.

{It is classic for the D’s to obscure facts by accusing others of hate/racism.}

Obama has long standing ties with the Jewish community, and many allies and supporters there as well, especially with those in Chicago.

{Yeah, like Lee Rosenberg, who has ensured that the AIPAC web-site is cleansed of any GOP-resolutions with TEETH…just to ensure his fellow-D’s can continue to tout their “100% AIPAC” ratings.}

These “dumb” Jews are not being subjected to oppression here in the U.S.

{Yeah, unfortunately, for they will have to answer to a higher Authority, ultimately, when FACTS prompt them to transform their political-miens as did David Mamet.}

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304520804576347110395478634.html?mod=djemEditorialPage_h

Likewise, labeling the entire Muslim-American community as genocidal would be humorous if it were not so reminiscent of blood libels levelled at Jews.

{This is a classic claim of Islamophobia, misconstrued because the focus is trained exclusively on Islamists; it is to be distinguished from the “moral relativism” rationalization supra…which is also “classic”…because only the former is predicted on a consistent pattern of quotations from the Radical Islamists themselves.}

You are off your nut! Your anticipated joy at the suffering of liberal Jews in some impending slaughter, however, says heaps about your sick mind. Get help, but quick!

{Perhaps inartfully phrased–but no less true–is the need for the D’s to recognize that their erstwhile “allies” would toss them aside after their usefulness had been exhausted.}

IT is THIS last OBSERVATION that CHARACTERIZES the FAILED diplomatic “CAREER” of ROSS!

Beatrix says:

Lefties sympathize with every minority except the Jews because they know that all Jews are white, rich and powerful. Lefties sympathize with the Arabs who are mostly Semitic like most Jews, and are a lot richer than most of us will ever be, but the Arabs are their little brown brothers while they consider Jews to be white and racist.

And many lefties even insist that there is no historical proof that Israel existed before Palestine. They don’t want peace between Israel and Palestine, they want Israel abolished and replaced by Palestine.

Read liberal blogs. I read them and answer them, but so many Jews are lefties and are silent while Arabs (with English sounding names) and their apologists run rampant.

Alter says:

The siege mentality expressed by some of the commenter’s is eroding Israel’s remaining support in the US. Why? Because it is blind to the obvious vicious actions against Palestinians that are intended to do nothing more than punish and humilate them. The world recognizes the misguided Israeli policy. Enlightened Jews recognize Israel’s ruinous policy. How idiotic is it to believe that even those who have a blind and unshakeable commitment to Israel are needlessly tested by unecessary actions that have no purpose but to punish and humiliate other human beings? Israel’s hope is to use brainpower to defeat and win over its enemies. Nothing else will work. Does anyone believe that the 54 ovations given by Congress to Netanyahu (more than were given during Obama’s 2011 State of the Union address) would be anything close to that number if the Israeli supporters’ wallets were hermetically sealed for a couple of years? Does anyone believe that if the money flow stopped that Netanyahu would ever get an invitation to address even a sub-sub committee of the House much less the Congress? Wake up! Egypt’s opening of the Rafah border crossing should be a wake up call to all lovers of Israel. That opening is being hailed as a triumph of human hope. I know. Those positive reports are written by anti-Semites and/or self-hating Jews, which however comprise the world outside of the narrow band of Israel-Right-or-Wrong cheerleaders, who, unfortunately, are cheering a cancer eating away at Israel. Fortunately this is a cancer eminently curable if the remedies are applied before the patient expires.

What changes if any will there be after the 2012 national elections.Would Mitch Romney be more conciliatory towards Israel than Mr.Obama.

Between “David Pipes” and “Mitch Romney” these comments are a real Memorial Day Weekend Scream!

Jehudah Ben-Israel says:

Now, it is “unshakable, ironclad guarantee commitment to peace”, while before it was “unshakable, ironclad commitment to Israel’s security”.

It appears even the Obama’s White House had to realize that Israel’s security is not unshakable and is not ironclad commitment when the President undermines Israel’s fundamental security need by expecting it to go back to the situation Israel faced before June 1967, while still being threatened by better equipped, financed and motivated thugs of terror within, and better equipped, financed and motivated strategic enemies from without, i.e. the Iran-Hizballah-IslamicJihad-Hamas-Syria coalition, to which other potential enemies may join, e.g. Iraq, once the US leaves, Egypt, if the Muslim Brotherhood takes over, and we still don’t know what is going to be the verdict in Jordan.

Reality is: Obama is deeply hostile to Israel, its leaders, institutions, and by extension to the people whose nation-state Israel is, the Jewish people. He has demonstrated it with both words and deeds, and no Charm Offensives will change this reality.

Barry says:

“Reality is: Obama is deeply hostile to Israel, its leaders, institutions, and by extension to the people whose nation-state Israel is, the Jewish people. He has demonstrated it with both words and deeds, and no Charm Offensives will change this reality.”

Amen.

Obama chose to ally with the Muslims. The bloodthirsty genocidal beasts of Deerborn are laughing to themselves that the stupid stupid Jews continue to support the present-day Nazis. Just like the “enlightened” liberal Jews supported Hitler during the 30′s.

(Oh, and stupid Jewish liberals, how’s that Muslim Spring working out for ya? :-) Egypt is forming a Nazi Party, yet it has lots and lots of competition for the Fascist vote. Yay Democracy! Go Shari’ah!)

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