Advisers to Dole on Foreign Policy Strongly Pro-Israel

By Sieff, Martin | The Washington Times (Washington, DC), September 9, 1996 | Go to article overview

Advisers to Dole on Foreign Policy Strongly Pro-Israel


Sieff, Martin, The Washington Times (Washington, DC)


From Israel's point of view, Republican presidential candidate Bob Dole has put together a "dream team" of supportive policy advisers. But Israel's backers may find the outlook too good to be true.

Mr. Dole's roster of advisers is packed with strong supporters of Israel, many of them drawn from the Reagan administration. Prominent among them is Jeane Kirkpatrick, President Reagan's first ambassador to the United Nations, who now heads a campaign brain trust on foreign policy.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick, who is now employed at the American Enterprise Institute, supported Mr. Dole's 1988 presidential bid and is one of the national chairmen of his campaign.

Almost equally influential on defense issues is Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican, a Vietnam War hero and close friend of Mr. Dole's.

Other pro-Israel Dole advisers include former Undersecretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz, former Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard Perle, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Douglas Feith, and Paula Dobriansky, a former senior National Security Council and State Department official.

Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Feith, Mr. Perle and Miss Dobriansky are not only strong supporters of Israel, but also admirers of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The wild card in the Dole deck is former Gen. Colin Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the 1991 Persian Gulf war.

Mr. Powell is immensely popular with American Jewish audiences and speaks excellent Yiddish. But the main influences on him in foreign policy were President Bush, former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.

Friends say Mr. Powell feels deeply indebted to these men for giving him the chance to rise higher in the U. …

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