Dennis Ross is not an out and out Israel supporter. Therefore, when his newly published book – Doomed to Succeed: the US-Israel relationship from Truman to Obama – fingers the personalities in the White House who have been working so hard against Israel, I’m inclined to believe him. He describes the factions and their respective positions, with varying degrees of animosity towards Israel. Not, it should be said, against Israel’s existence. But very much animosity towards Israel’s actions.
The Times of Israel has some details here, from which I offer one extract:
From the outset, this factionalism on Israel characterized nearly every choice presented to the president. Ross pushed for a landmark speech to the Muslim world delivered from Cairo and then immediately followed by a trip to Israel, but was overruled by Obama aides Dennis McDonough and Ben Rhodes, who convinced the president to forgo an Israel stop on that trip, arguing that it would be “too traditional.”
So Obama went to Egypt, and left Israel out of the picture. From there on, it was largely downhill.
The book would appear to give us a better understanding of the source of Israel’s woes with the Obama administration. The question is whether its replacement can be persuaded to see things in a different way. I would like to think that logic will prevail, and an objective assessment of the US’s position in the world will clearly demonstrate that what has happened has been bad for the United States, and there needs to be a change for its sake. But, there are vested interests in play, and no guarantees. All we can do is hope and pray.