Bassam Abu Sharif, former advisor to late Palestinian President Yasser Arafat, has revealed that the resignation of former US Middle East envoy George Mitchell was in protest to US President Barak Obama’s foreign policy advisor Dennis Ross’s bias to Israel and deep hatred for the Palestinians.
The independent Palestinian new website Maan reported that Abu Sharif said that Mitchell blamed Ross for hindering the US initiative to move forward in the road to peace in the Middle East.
Abu Sharif, known for his acquaintance with international figures, said that top US officials told him that Mitchell considered the appointment of Ross as an “Israeli step to block his efforts for the achievement of peace.”
He added that Mitchell, in a meeting with his aides, questioned Ross’ ability to help in pushing forward the peace process when he refuses to meet Palestinians, despises their leadership and hates their president.
According to Abu Sharif’s sources, Mitchell thinks Ross and those supporting him are working against the interests of the United States.
Ross filled the position of special Middle East envoy overseeing the peace process during Bill Clinton’s presidency. After the election of George Bush as president, Ross dedicated all his time to working for the Jewish People’s Policy Planning Institute, a Jewish institution working on reinforcing the relationship between Jews and Israel. Israeli media had pointed out at the time of Ross' appointment that Obama was flirting with Jewish Organanisations who had protested former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s criticism of Israeli policies.