Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
Well, it’s looking like Dennis Ross, the longtime U.S. Mideast peace negotiator now ensconced at the State Department with a nebulous role overseeing U.S. Iran policy, isn’t getting bounced from the administration after all, as an Israeli newspaper reported over the weekend.
On the contrary: numerous reports now suggest Ross will soon move over to the White House, where he will continue working on Iran matters – and serve as a key adviser to none less than President Barack Obama.
“The new White House position puts him closer to the center of foreign policy power, placing him in the top ranks of Obama’s in-house aides,” Time Magazine reported this morning.
In other words, Ross will be getting a promotion, not sent packing. Reportedly his new portfolio will be broadened, to include Middle East peace issues as well as the hot-potato of Iran.
After his years at the State Department, Ross moved over to the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a pro-Israel think tank; recently he published a book with WINEP senior fellow David Makovsky on “Myths, Illusions, and Peace: Finding a New Direction for America in the Middle East.”
Apparently, Ross will continue looking for those new directions, but now at the White House.