Speaking at the Presidential Conference in Jerusalem, President Obama's special advisor on the Middle East Dennis Ross emphasised Wednesday that in these times of sweeping changes in the region, the greatest risk is to take no action.
Ross said he understands the impulse to "stand pat" until things take shape and see what happens, but stressed that sitting back and doing nothing is not the answer.
Ross said that the threat of rockets and missiles grows by the day. Two years from now they will be worse, he said. Obama knows that no peace can be imposed and that it's up to the Israelis and the Palestinians, but without a peace process the march to isolate Israel internationally is gaining momentum while the Palestinian impulse to abandon negotiations will only grow stronger, he warned.
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Obama's advisor who acts as a senior director at the National Security Council also commented on the recent revolutions in the Arab world, with an emphasis on the situation in Syria.
He noted that Assad, with support from Iran, is refusing to implement the reforms he committed to while the Syrian people refuse to back down in the face of the regime's brutality, they are demanding their rights. Ross said that the US was formalizing unprecedented sanctions in order to pressure Assad into accepting his people's demands and execute reforms.
Adding that this is a moment of extraordinary promise for the Middle East, Ross said that he realized that Israel is concerned with the developments.
He said that President Obama also spoke of the problematic situation of not knowing how things will develop. Ross addressed the dangers posed by the regime in Tehran saying that the US was vigilant of Iran's threats but mindful of its weaknesses.
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