After failing miserably to bring peace between the Israelis and Palestinians during eight years of the Clinton administration, Zionist hawk and Israel-firster Dennis Ross is being sent to the State Department to handle, in ways which remain vague, the Middle East and Iran portfolio there. I think the main reason he is there is to make absolutely sure that Hillary Clinton toes the Israeli line.
Dennis Ross should not be given any sensitive position in the US government as his life’s work demonstrates that he is clearly an agent of a foreign government and that his loyalties are to that government and not to these United States. I want to take a few minutes here though to look at a little-discussed aspect of his life’s work to highlight the fact that he cannot possibly be trusted to keep America’s interests first.
At present, he is Chairman of the Board, of the Jewish People Policy Planning Institute (JPPPI) which was established by the Jewish Agency for Israel and is headquartered in Jerusalem. He is also a “counselor” and Ziegler Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP) founded by three former AIPAC officials and which functions as an intellectual arm for the Israeli Lobby. When not actively working for these two Zionist organs he sometimes teaches college classes, writes for newspapers and appears on Fox news.
WINEP is legendary and will be the subject of a later post. The JPPPI is not. But it is Israeli through and through and it is impossible for Ross to serve as its Board Chairman and not have close, long lasting, and no doubt very troubling ties to high officials in the Israeli government. JPPPI’s website makes it obvious to anyone with half a brain that its members care first and foremost about only two things: Jews and Israel. I want US government officials who care about America first and foremost. But with Ross this is impossible.
The JPPPI’s home page makes its loyalties clear. (Red highlighting in mine.)
The mission of the Institute is to promote the thriving of the Jewish people via professional strategic thinking and planning on issues of primary concern to world Jewry. JPPPI’s work is based on deep commitment to the future of the Jewish people with Israel as its core state.
Ross is chairman of the board of an organization whose “core state” is Israel. That alone should disqualify him from holding yet another sensitive position in our government.
Here are some of the activities of this organization whose core state is Israel. (Red highlighting is mine.)
- I. JPPPI makes an annual presentation to the Israeli Cabinet as a whole on main developments in the Jewish world, offering its assessments and policy recommendations, some of which are already being implemented.
- VI. JPPPI’s recommendations on expanding child care and other forms of assistance to Israeli families who desire a larger number of children were approved by former Prime Minister Sharon and will be discussed with Prime Minister Olmert.
- VII. JPPPI’s recommendation to set up a Global Jewish People Crisis Management System to deal with terror attacks and natural disasters has been adopted by major Jewish communities and a global “Jewish People Crisis Management Forum” has been established.
Nice to see that Ross’ organization, founded by a foreign entity, briefs the very government at the highest levels that his organization considers its core state.
One would expect the board of the JPPPI to be filled with members from the core state and indeed it is. Here they are (obvious Israelis in red):
Major-Gen Yaacov Amidror
Former head of Israel’s Military Defense College.
Prof. Uzi Arad
Former advisor to Israel’s Prime Minister and currently head the Institute for Policy and Strategy at the Herzeliya Interdisciplinary Center.
Prof. Irwin Cotler
Member of the Canadian Parliament, Professor of Law and Director of the Human Rights Program at McGill University, Canada.
Major-Gen Uzi Dayan
Former Israel’s Deputy Chief of Staff and head of Israel’s National Security Council.
Mr. Sami Friedrich
Senior business consultant and former Director-General of Israel’s Ministry of Economics and Planning.
Prof. Ruth Gavison
Professor of Human Rights at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Mr. Steve Hoffman
President and CEO of the United Jewish Communities.
Prof. Suzanne Last Stone
Professor of Law at Cardozo School of Law and Director of its Program in Jewish Law and Interdisciplinary Studies.
Ms. Morlie Levin
Executive Director of National Hadassah since 2005. Formerly, she was a senior analyst at the RAND Corporation.
Prof. Judith Liwerant
Professor of Political Science at the University of Mexico, Mexico City.
Mr. Isaac Molcho
Former Israel’s Chief Negotiator with the Palestinian National Authority
Mr. Steve Nasatir
President of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Prof. Ya’akov Ne’eman
Former Israel’s Minister of Finance and Minister of Justice
Mr. John Ruskay
Executive Vice President of the UJA Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York.
Mr. Aharon Yadlin
Former Israel’s Minister of Education
Hmmm. Where do your loyalties lie Mr. Ross?
Ross’ letter from the JPPPI homepage is also revealing (red highlights are mine):
“Following a retreat in Caesarea, I began to think differently about the effort. I began to believe that the necessity of doing policy planning for the Jewish people might, in fact, be feasible. I began to see, together with other collaborators in this effort, that we could identify priorities to be addressed. It became clear that among thinkers from Israel and around the world of international Jewry, there was a consensus about certain issues that required not just analysis, but also policy recommendations.
Demographics, both in Israel and the Diaspora, needed careful consideration, particularly if Israel was to remain at the center of Jewish life. The rise of a new kind of antisemitism, one less geared to discrimination against the individual and more toward attempts to criminalize Israeli behavior, required recognition and strategies for contending with a dangerous new phenomenon. Identifying areas around the world where Jewish populations might be at risk, and responding to these possible threats seemed to take on new urgency with new economic realities in places like Argentina. There was a recognition that different strains of Judaism need to develop a compact for civil discourse, especially if in an era of greater challenge some of the broader and more worrisome demographic trends are to be dealt with. (Indeed, many of us agreed that the principle of Tikkun Olam – mending the world – could be very important in providing a sense of purpose for international Jewry at a time of globalization with its largely amoral compass.)
Israeli criminal behavior is not the problem in Ross’ eyes. The problem is anyone’s attempt to reign in that criminal behavior. This is the man who will be telling Hillary Clinton what do on the Middle East.
With Rahm Emanuel running Barrack Obama’s White House and Dennis Ross running Hillary Clinton, the Israeli occupation of the Executive branch will continue under Obama just as it was under Clinton and Bush.
Palestinians should be afraid, very afraid.
And so should Americans.