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March 9, 2015 9:09 pm

Major Jewish Group ‘Concerned’ by White House Appointment of Robert Malley as Middle East Coordinator

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Major Jewish human rights group the Simon Wiesenthal Center, called into question today the appointment of Robert Malley to a key position in the White House.

“In politics, in general, and especially in the Middle East, perception is reality,” Associate Dean Rabbi Abraham Cooper told The Algemeiner. “Given Mr. Malley’s previous comments and actions related to the Middle East process, Israel and the Palestinians, there is concern how unfolding events in the area, including moves by Hezbollah and Hamas, will be treated by the Administration.”

On March 6, the Obama Administration named Malley as Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region. Malley is scheduled to begin his new role on April 6, 2015.

Malley’s appointment  has also drawn renewed attention to previous criticisms directed against him, in addition to the Administration’s position on Israel and terrorist organizations.

Malley made headlines back in 2008 for meetings he held with the terrorist organization Hamas while working in the private sector. These meetings prompted Malley’s public resignation as an informal advisor to the Obama presidential campaign.

Malley is also known for a 2001 article in The New York Review of Books which critics consider a defense of Yasser Arafat following the breakdown of the Camp David peace negotiations.

In 2014, critics jumped on the Obama Administration after it named Malley to the National Security Council. The Republican Jewish Coalition called the appointment “disturbing” and out of sync with “mainstream pro-Israel and Jewish community positions…”

National Security Advisor Susan Rice defended the appointment, calling Malley one of most respected experts on the Middle East.

One White House official told JTA that White House officials last year assured pro-Israel groups after Malley’s hiring that he would not deal with Israel and the Palestinians

Malley’s new role comes after an extensive career in the public and private sectors. He is currently serving in the Obama Administration as NSC Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States. He also served in the Clinton Administration under National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, and was later named Special Assistant to President Clinton for Arab-Israeli Affairs. According to the White House, Malley worked for the International Crisis Group between 2001 and 2014.

In the past, Malley’s colleagues vociferously defended him from charges of anti-Israel bias. In 2008, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger and a group of former diplomats, published a letter labeling attacks against Malley as “unfair, inappropriate, and wrong.”

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  • Florin Neamtu

    It is more obvious than ever that the Jewish Lobby has far, far too much power – and arrogance regarding their power – over the US government.

    You know – 97.5% of the country isn’t Jewish, and “good for the Jews” doesn’t really work as a national litmus test.

    • This article deals with a person who has extensive terrorist and Communist sympathies, whose views are a danger to the United States. Yes, he is an Israel hater, in fact he and his parents are what’s called self loathing Jews. What exactly does your comment have to do with the number of jews and their influence in the US? What problem do you have agains Jewish people, Florin? My parents fled Romania a long time ago because of the way they were discriminated in Romania for being Jewish, and never as Romanians, to a country where Jews are treated like equal human beings, and as a result, have flourished. That’s what has led to Jews’ exceptional and disproportional success in this country. I don’t appreciate your having inherited your parents’ Anti-Semitism poison which they appear to have brought to this country. Just like your apparent hero, Robert Malley, the old adage “like parents, like son” seems to hold true. Just because you are a Christian does not make you more than equal.

  • Michael

    It will be interesting to see just how much more damage President Obama can do in the Middle East before he slinks out of the White House in twenty two months.
    Hillary was his hand maiden as US Secretary of State. If you like Barack, you will love Hillary.

  • Brent Mecham

    What the hell do we American Jews expect after the President of the Jewish State tells our President to F*** himself??

    One undebatable lesson from Judaism is – – words (and actions) have meaning and consequence.

    So we/you got what you paid for.

    • YW

      No, Brent:

      Not all POTUSes would stoop so low as to let their petty political annoyances throw entire countries (Israel and its allies) into danger.

      While you are correct that Judaism teaches (among many, many other things) that words have meaning and consequence, Torah also teaches the concept that the Lubavitcher Rebbe quoted over and over again, that “The deed is the main thing.”

      The Prime Minister (not the “President”) of Israel came and told the US Congress the same kind of message he has told the UN General Assembly every year, which should not have been a surprise to President Obama or to anyone else. The fact that the legislative branch of the US government is more open to that message than is the executive branch, simply means that Prime Minister Netanyahu was brought to speak to those who would respect and heed his life-and-death message.

      As for “getting what was paid for”: In electing a Republican majority in Congress, the US is finally seeing a return, little by little, on that “investment,” thank G-d, as evidenced by the ways Congressional leadership is lately reclaiming its power on the matter of Iran and Israel.

    • Jeff Kane

      You are a damned liar! Netanyahu never said any such thing to Obama. On the other hand, numerous “senior officials” in the Obama WH, which is pretty much a code name for Obama himself, has repeatedly used profanity to characterize Netanyahu. So maybe Obama is getting what he paid for.

    • art

      ma sent money and operatives to unseat Netanyahu. Obama directly tried to throw the election away from Netanyahu yet was silent when the mullahs jailed and killed their opposition in iran. abbas doesn’t even bother to make his threats in arabic rather than in English because he knows Obama will not react. Obama is only critical towards friends. No one with even an iota can doubt that Obama hates Israel and Jews

  • Raif Hijab

    Many jews are their own worst enemy. They have lost their humanity and their rah-rah support for Israel does not support the cause of peace or provide long term security for Isareli Jews.

    • YW

      Malley is probably halachically Jewish, too — ironically enough!

      But he comes by his politics as mother’s milk, so to speak:

      See this excerpt from Wikipedia:
      “Robert Malley was born in 1963 to Barbara (née Silverstein) Malley, a New Yorker who worked for the United Nations delegation of the Algerian National Liberation Front, and her husband, Simon Malley (1923-2006), an Egyptian-born Jewish journalist who grew up in Egypt and….”

    • Sofie Sokolov

      Is there any humanity in Syria, Sudan, Boko Haram, Isis? Is there any humanity in sharia, or jihad. The clear answer, if you care, is NO. When did the Arab world lose its humanity? At the advent of Islam in their indigenous home in the Arabian peninsula in the 7th century, when they went with jihad to occupy and colonize the mideast, the near east and parts of Europe and Africa, even China and India. Who are the inhumane aggressors?

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  • nelson marans

    Another in your face appointment by President Obama of anti-Israel individual. The list gets longer daily with previous selections of John Kerry, Samantha Power and Susan Rice. Is this a personal vendetta against Binyamin Netanyahu or is it one against the very existence of the Jewish state.

  • Obama hates Israel, Obama hates Jews. He wants to see Israel destroyed. It’s in his genes.

  • Harry Houdini

    THE BOTTOM LINE IS…..The survival of the State of Israel depends PRIMARILY on our gentile Christian Evangelical FRIENDS….Forget the prophecy that leads them in this direction…It is what it is..PERIOD. NO GROUP of AMERICANS ARE MORE LOYAL TO ISRAEL THAN THEY ARE.

  • JES

    Robert Malley is another dangerous liberal-minded “Harvard progressive” head-in-the-clouds thinker not understanding that in utopian vs. reality theory – Utopian fails

    • JeffB

      “Robert Malley is another dangerous liberal-minded “Harvard progressive” head-in-the-clouds thinker not understanding that in utopian vs. reality theory – Utopian fails”

      Yes, we want “reality theory” for Israel but utopian theory for the United States (such as open borders, multi-culturalism to an absurd degree, destruction of traditional values, the marginalizing of European ethnic people etc).

  • judorebbe

    Supporters of Isreal should be far more than just ‘concerned’. – Any more questions about what Obama means by ‘having Israel’s back’?

    • Abu Nudnik

      Yes. It means having a knife in it.

    • djr

      of course Obama “has Israel’s back”…how else can he arrange for the proverbial knife to be plunged into it??

  • Mandrake

    He would not be dealing “with Israel and the Palestinians”, but would he be dealing with Iran, Syria, Qatar, Iraq, Isis, Muslim Brotherhood, etc., etc.,?

  • Fred

    Why are there surprise gasp …oh Malley. The White House makes no secret it dislikes Israel & the Jews, why not add persons who are not Jew friendly to the mix. It consolidates the anti Israel base.

  • zbrk

    “In the past, Malley’s colleagues vociferously defended him from charges of anti-Israel bias.”
    That was then.
    Now, it’s part of his resume, and quite possibly just what the boss was looking for.

  • TheAZCowBoy

    Who do you want some scum Jew like Martin Indyk?

    • noellsq

      You must be a scum licking anti semetec liberal. Please go lick the the seats of the POTUS and every other good for nothing liberal in the administration. Nothing but lies come out of the WH.

  • Jonah

    He is moving in for the kill and making sure those around him will not hesitate as he moves in for the finale blow. He is in a state of exilleration a manic stage, because the end for Israel is finally in his grasp.

  • Efram

    Rice is right. He is one of the most respected, by all terrorist organizations, which, of course, works well for her and her boss.

  • Efram

    Well of COURSE. Why do you think Obama appointed him? I suspect Khamenei may become a part of the government before our jihadist-in-chief finally leaves.

  • Howie Subnick

    Do they think everyone in the United States is as STUPID as they are?! God Bless Us Thinkers!

  • Leo Toystory

    I vociferously accuse Mr. Malley of EXTREME anti-Israel bias and say that attacks against him for it are “fair, appropriate, and absolutely 100% correct.” Malley is a nasty piece of work, he’ll fit right in with the scumbags in the White House.

  • Jeff Blankfort

    One might ask who elected the Simon Wiesenthal Center to be the judge of presidential appointments? Did the Center welcome or criticize Netanyahu’s trip to Washington? In any case, I suspect, the appointment of Malley is but just the first evidence of “blowbacK” on the part of the Obama administration in return for Netanyahu’s arrogance.

    • noellsq

      I think the word arrogance is wrong,I see a leader of a country worried about his country and the world being betrayed. The POTUS has become an emperor and you naive people are blinded and lied to by the press and the administration.

    • Shmuel Mendelsohn

      I was under the impression that we had a constitution in this country, with a Bill of Rights including freedom of speech. Does the Simon Wiesenthal Center need to be elected in order to offer an opinion about a presidential appointment? If Congress was wrong for inviting Mr. Netanyahu to speak, does that mean that he should not have accepted it? If you have a problem with Congress, take it up with them. If anyone is arrogant it is, well not Mr. Netanyahu.

  • Michael Garfinkel

    National Security Advisor Sandy Berger plead guilty to stealing and then hiding national security documents – in his underwear, no less, on behalf of the Clinton organized crime syndicate.

    Berger is an expert on what is “unfair,inappropriate, and wrong.”

  • Jacqueline

    Isn’t it clear it’s a get back for Bibi speaking to congress. Obama is a spiteful little man.

  • What else should we expect from the social democratic Left and the hard Left, supported as they are by “assimilated” “Jews.” Benzion Netanyahu’s huge tome on the origins of the Spanish Inquisition should have given us pause, but perhaps not. See

    • Uriel Priwes

      His name is Benjamin, not Benzion

      • E benAbuya

        Benzion is Binyamin’s dad