Former Mideast peace negotiator Dennis Ross will accompany Barack Obama to Israel.
Time Magazine reported Tuesday that Ross, a career foreign service officer and lead peace negotiator on Israel-Palestinian issues for Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, will accompany Obama on his visit next week to Israel, the Palestinian Authority and Jordan – a sign that the presumptive Democratic candidate for president plans to actively pursue the peace process.
Ross began unofficially advising the campaign some 15 months ago, according to Time, while also helping other candidates. Since Obama clinched the nomination in June, the Illinois senator’s campaign has been working with Ross more officially and publicly.
The magazine called Ross’ return “a reassuring message to many in the U.S. foreign policy establishment who see him as an experienced hand.”