It's Complicated: Dennis Ross's Doomed to Succeed

The relationship between the U.S. and Israel has from its beginning been exceedingly knotty and consistently misinterpreted by friends and foes alike, with both seeing it as unchanging, unitary, and the linchpin of American strategy in the region. Former Middle East envoy Ambassador Dennis Ross’s new book on the subject, Doomed to Succeed, explains why that view misses something fundamental and why close American ties with the Jewish state may be far less serious an obstacle to peace in the region than is widely believed.

One of the great fallacies in thinking about the Middle East has been to place the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians at the center of the region’s troubles. One of the keenest observers both of the broader Middle East and …

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