The New York Times is reporting that Robert Malley has been named Senior Director at the National Security Council by President Obama, tasked with working on Middle East issues. In 2008 Malley was fired by the Obama campaign for conducting secret meetings with the terrorist group Hamas. Malley's association with, and bias toward, Palestinian terrorists is broader than that one incident.
In 2008, Mr. Malley was forced to sever his ties as an informal adviser to the campaign of Barack Obama when it was reported that he had met with members of Hamas, the militant Palestinian group, which the State Department classifies as a terrorist organization.
The meeting, Mr. Malley said in a letter to The New York Times, was hardly a secret and came in the course of his work with the I.C.G., a nonprofit group focused on preventing conflict. Still, he felt obliged to distance himself from Mr. Obama to avoid misperceptions of the “candidate’s position regarding the Islamist movement.”
Malley, whose father was a close friend of Yassir Arafat, was part of President Clinton's Middle East team during his attempts to broker a peace deal between Israeli Prime Minster Ehud Barack and the Palestinian terrorist. When talks broke off, both Dennis Ross and President Clinton blamed Arafat for walking away from a deal which gave him almost everything he wanted. Malley was alone in blaming Israel.
Mr. Malley has urged the United States to deal with the terrorist group Hamas even without a renunciation of terrorism, and has strongly criticized Israel for defending herself against Hamas missiles.
The Times is reporting:
Now, Mr. Malley is coming back to the White House, administration officials said on Tuesday. This time, he will manage the fraying ties between the United States and its allies in the Persian Gulf, a job that says a lot about how America’s role in the Middle East has changed.
As a senior director at the National Security Council, Mr. Malley will help devise American policy from Saudi Arabia to Iran. It is a region on edge, with the Saudis and their Sunni neighbors in the gulf fearful that the United States is tilting away, after decades of close ties with them, toward a nuclear accommodation with Shiite Iran.