Obama Brings in Pro-Iran, Pro-Hamas Malley to Set Middle East Policy
Posted By Daniel Greenfield On February 19, 2014 @ 1:42 pm In The Point | No Comments
Obama Inc. isn’t even bothering to hold back anymore. Originally the Soros employed Robert Malley was given the boot because of his ties to Hamas. Last year, Rice began talking about bringing him back and now he’s going to be playing a prominent role in setting Middle East policy.
I‘m sure Tehran is just thrilled. And George Soros is getting good value out of Obama.
This afternoon it was announced that Malley is heading back to the White House to serve as a senior director at the National Security Council where he will be tasked with managing relations between the U.S. and its Persian Gulf allies.
…the problem with Malley was never so much about his motives or his father’s role as a supporter of the Egyptian Communist Party and the Nasser regime as it was his own beliefs and policies.
In 2008, Malley was serving as an informal adviser to then-senator Obama when it was revealed that he had met with Hamas representatives through his work with the International Crisis Group forcing him to resign.
Malley was raised in France by his mother — a native New Yorker named Barbara Silverstein — and his father, Simon Malley, a key figure in the Egyptian Communist Party. Rabidly anti-Israel, Simon Malley was a confidante of the late PLO leader Yasser Arafat; an inveterate critic of “Western imperialism”; a supporter of various leftist revolutionary “liberation movements,” particularly the Palestinian cause; a beneficiary of Soviet funding; and a supporter of the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
In a July 2001 op-ed (titled “Fictions About the Failure at Camp David”) which was published in the New York Times, Robert Malley (whose family, as noted above, had close ties to Yasser Arafat) alleged that Israeli — not Palestinian — inflexibility had caused the previous year’s Camp David peace talks (brokered by Bill Clinton) to fail. This was one of several controversial articles Malley has written — some he co-wrote with Hussein Agha, a former adviser to Arafat — blaming Israel and exonerating Arafat for that failure.
In a March 2012 article in Foreign Policy Magazine, Malley wrote that “Israelis, not for the first time, likely are exaggerating the Iranian threat and its imminence,” and suggested that it was in Netanyahu’s interest to keep the world focused on Iran in order to take pressure off of Israel to reach an agreement with the Palestinians.
“Virtually the entire international security conversation has become monopolized by Iran, turning Netanyahu’s 15-year obsession into a global one,” Malley wrote
“Making the Best of Hamas’s Victory”: In this March 2006 piece, Malley recommends that nations worldwide establish relationships with, and send financial aid to, the Palestinians’ newly elected, Hamas-led government.
“Avoiding Failure with Hamas”: This April 2006 article not only advocates international aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government, but also suggests that a failure to extend such aid could trigger an environmental or public health crisis for Palestinians.
One U.S. security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, states that Robert Malley “has expressed sympathy to Hamas and Hezbollah and [has] offered accounts of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations that don’t jibe with the facts.”
Perhaps Alan Dershowitz and every Jewish pro-Israel supporter of Obama will finally wake up.
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