Dennis Ross Defends Think Tank Invitation to Fatah Activists

(Forward) - Ori Nir Facing criticism for hosting three prominent Fatah activists at the Washington think tank he heads, former special Middle East envoy Dennis Ross defended inviting them in a letter to the institute's board of trustees in which he wrote that government decision-makers should be exposed to authentic Palestinian leaders. Ross, director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, wrote that the three Palestinians are leaders of the push for democracy and reform in the PA and critics of corruption. "This group has authenticity and wants to make peace with Israel," Ross wrote. "If Arafat is irredeemable, it is important to focus on a younger generation."

2003-10-31 00:00:00

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