DALLAS — Dennis Ross, American diplomat, author and former U.S. Ambassador, had a bit of a brain teaser for his audience Tuesday, May 3. “If I were to ask you, ‘What do you think President Obama’s most important objective in the Middle East is during his remaining time in office?’ what do you think it would be?” he asked. Ross’ question was posed to an audience of about 140 people at Congregation Shearith Israel. The American Jewish Committee sponsored this event; the ambassador was the featured speaker of the AJC Dallas 2016 Campaign event, “The Power to Act For the Next 110 Years.” Ross is a bit of an expert on Middle East mindsets in United States administration — having worked in various positions during the administrations of U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Additionally, he has penned several books on American foreign policy in the Middle East. Back to the question of the president’s most important objective, Ross gave the audience four options from which to choose:
End the civil war in Syria.
Build his relationship with Iran before leaving office.
Promote the resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.