Ambassador Dennis Ross, former foreign policy advisor to Presidents Clinton and Obama, has over 12 years of experience shaping US involvement with Middle East peace processes. He spoke to Sarah Montague on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Today’ news and current affairs show this morning about Palestine and Israel and his fears for Syria.
Following the news that Palestinian leaders are considering restarting a peace treaty with Israel after the EU decision to stop funding to Israeli projects, Dennis gave his opinion on both matters. He revealed that he thinks the EU decision is a mistake and suggested that the Secretary of State must believe that there is a real possibility of achieving meaningful negotiation with Israel to even contemplate the move.
When questioned on whether the US should be more engaged with Syria, Dennis said he would like to see an approach that aims to change the balance of power on the ground and supports those in the opposition who are committed to a nonsectarian Syria.
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