Malley’s Arafat Connection
While Robert Malleys past history might seem typical for a bright young man pursuing a senior Middle East policy position in a future Democratic administration, digging a little deeper reveals something quite untypical in his past. Robert Malley grew up in France, where his Egyptian-born father, Simon Malley, and New York raised mother, Barbara (Silverstein) Malley, were radical publishers of a controversial magazine about Africa and the so-called Third World. Malleys parents were rabidly anti-Israel and counted Yasir Arafat as a personal friend. Indeed, Arafat was among those leaders (for want of a better word) who intervened with the French government to readmit the Malley family to France after they had been expelled for their radical activities.
That is, while in the Clinton administration Malley dealt directly with Palestinian matters, and with Yasir Arafat himself, despite having a huge and hidden conflict of interest: close ties between his family and Yasir Arafat.
Well, hidden from the public when questioned about it in 2001, Dennis Ross, Clintons senior Middle East adviser, said that the Clinton administration knew all about Malleys past.
While CAMERA did not publish all the facts at the time, we did mention the ties between Malley and Arafat in an article in 2005.
But now, with Malley possibly a Middle East advisor to a major presidential candidate, it seems the full story should be exposed. I will try to minimize repetition of what others have recently published on this subject, while still laying out the facts in a coherent way.
Power, Malley, Goolsbee...Obama sure can pick 'em....
My mother had a saying about the company you keep...he sure keeps interesting company.