Defending Robert Malley, ineffectually

Samantha Power may be gone from (or have been relegated to the shadows of) the Obama campaign, but Robert Malley remains. And Malley’s positions regarding Israel and the Palestinians, though perhaps more conventional than Power’s, are at least as noxious. For example, as Eric Trager reminds us, Malley has gushed over Arafat and has suggested that the 2000 Camp David summit failed because Israel was interested in making Arafat look bad rather than in giving the Palestinians a state, a view that Bill Clinton disputes.
Malley is also a booster of Hamas, Arafat’s most faithful heirs. He not only argued that we should move towards engagement with Hamas, but welcomed last year