Dennis Ross: Next US Administration Will Want To Improve Ties With Israel

In this handout image provided by the U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv, Dennis Ross, Special Assistant to the President and Director for the Central Region at the National Security Council, with Israeli Minister of Defense Ehud Barak after their meeting, on August 5, 2010 at the MOD in Tel Aviv.
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The Jerusalem Post reports: Regardless of the problems  that existed under the Obama presidency, the next administration’s initial instinct will be to improve ties with Israel, Dennis Ross (above left) said this week.

Ross, who dealt with Middle East issues under George H.W.Bush, as well as under Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, said whoever takes over the White House in January will realize that “you don’t need a problem with Israel when dealing with all the other problems in the region.”

“I don’t see that at a time when the Middle East is characterized by all this trouble, you are going to have an American president say, ‘Gee this is a time we should also have a problem with Israel. I just don’t see that,” he said.

Speaking Wednesday night in Jerusalem to the Jewish People Policy Institute, Ross said that nobody really knows what Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s position is on Israel.

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