Dennis Ross writes in The National Interest: “Biden Must Manage the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict”

"The Middle East has a way of imposing itself on American presidents and their administrations. Just ask President Joe Biden. With six phone calls to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and calls with Mahmoud Abbas, the President of the Palestinian Authority, and President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, he understood, whatever his hopes, that his personal involvement was necessary to help produce the ceasefire. And, while a trip to the Middle East had not been on his agenda at this time, Secretary [...]

2021-07-20T19:39:10-04:00June 1, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in Vox article, “Why Biden’s Team Didn’t Go All-in on Israel-Gaza”

"Biden’s team felt keeping to the European itinerary was better for the administration’s agenda in the long run and for the conflict in the short run. "'If Blinken had gone [to the region], it actually would’ve slowed things down,' said Dennis Ross, a distinguished fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, because neither Hamas nor Israel would’ve wanted to look like it was caving to the US…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T19:35:20-04:00May 27, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in NPR article, “What Will Shape Biden’s View of Gaza Violence Most? Hamas Attacks, Says Dennis Ross”

"President Biden has now said he would welcome a cease fire in this week-long war. But for the moment, there appears no clear path to a pause in the violence, and the long-term outlook for the region may be even murkier. "'Right now, the sense of possibility on both sides is probably at its low point,' according to Ambassador Dennis Ross…" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T19:14:54-04:00May 18, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in The Hill article, “Biden’s Quiet Diplomacy Under Pressure as Israel-Hamas Fighting Intensifies”

"Dennis Ross, a veteran Middle East peace negotiator who served on the National Security Council during the Obama administration, said the developments 'no doubt' add to pressure on Israel. "But he said the decision to greenlight the strike likely represented a calculated Israeli message to Hamas and other terror groups 'that Israel will do what it thinks it must and will not be constrained by criticism…'" Read the full article here: Full Article

2021-07-20T19:12:47-04:00May 17, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in The New York Times article, “Violence Shakes Trump’s Boast of ‘New Middle East’”

"Dennis Ross, a former Middle East peace negotiator who served under three presidents, called the accords an important step for the region, but said the violence in Israel’s cities and Gaza illustrated how 'the Palestinian issue can still cast a cloud' over Israel’s relations with its Arab neighbors. "'The notion that this was "peace in our time" obviously ignored the one existential conflict in the region. It wasn’t between Israel and the Arab states,' Mr. Ross said…" Read the full article [...]

2021-07-20T19:05:34-04:00May 15, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross interviewed in The Guardian podcast, “What Is Biden’s Policy in the Middle East?: Politics Weekly Extra”

"Jonathan Freedland asks ambassador Dennis Ross, the special envoy to the Middle East under Bill Clinton, who worked with several administrations to secure a peace deal in the region. He recently featured in a documentary, The Human Factor, about US involvement in talks between Arab and Israeli leaders…" Listen to the full episode here: Full Episode

2021-07-20T18:47:57-04:00May 14, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in The Washington Post article, “Biden Wants to Avoid Another Israeli-Palestinian War. It Will Be Even Harder This Time.”

"As veteran Middle East negotiator Dennis Ross recently told me, Hamas has 'an opportunity to upstage' Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas by firing rockets at Jerusalem, becoming 'the symbol of resistance' among Palestinians. But 'with more than 360,000 Palestinians in East Jerusalem,' Ross notes, 'firing rockets at the city has as much of a chance to kill Palestinians as anyone, so we are again reminded that Hamas is not about Palestinian well-being but leading resistance regardless of the cost to Palestinians and [...]

2021-07-20T19:00:45-04:00May 13, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|

Dennis Ross quoted in The Associated Press article, “‘Human Factor’ Gets Personal About Mideast Peace”

"[T]here’s a reason 'The Human Factor,' by Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh, escapes what would seem a likely fate of being interesting only to policy wonks and those with a direct stake in the issue, and it has something to do with the title. It’s a reference to a line from Dennis Ross, the best-known negotiator of the bunch. "'You can’t ignore the human factor,' he says at the beginning. 'Someone who has a human touch treats someone else with respect. Someone [...]

2021-05-03T00:00:17-04:00May 3, 2021|Geopolitical Perspectives|
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