Dennis Ross, Obama Mideast Adviser, Leaves White House
Dennis Ross, Obama Mideast Adviser, Leaves White House. Ross is a special assistant to the president. He was originally supposed to be in the Obama administration for at least two years but extended for another year. However, now he has decided to resign. Ross has been key in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. "Obviously, there is still work to do but I promised my wife I would return to government for only two years and we both agreed it is time to act on my promise," Ross said in a brief resignation statement. Ross worked for George Bush Sr, in the same Mideast adviser position. He also worked as a special Middle East envoy for former President Bill Clinton.
The Obama administration on Thursday lost a second key Mideast adviser in six months at a time when Israel and the Palestinians are making little to no progress in the peace process and the U.S. is struggling to deal with the fallout from a Palestinian drive for statehood recognition at the United Nations.
Dennis Ross, a veteran mediator, helped lead efforts in recent months to persuade Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' government to drop its U.N. membership bid and prod Israelis and Palestinians back into negotiation. The U.S. entreaties failed, and the two sides haven't held direct talks in more than a year.
The White House said Ross will leave his National Security Council post at the end of the year.