Robert Malley... is the son of the late Simon Malley and Barbara Malley. Simon Malley was a founder or cofounder of one of the three Egyptian Communist parties formed in Egypt about 1948. Later he took the family to France where he edited/published a Marxist propaganda paper "L'Asia & "L'Afrique" (an approximate title). Eventually Simon and his family were ousted from France as national security threats.
Malley’s 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 Yasser Arafat himself, despite having a huge and hidden conflict of interest: close ties between his family and Arafat.
Well, hidden from the public – when questioned about it in 2001, Dennis Ross, Clinton’s senior Middle East adviser, said that the Clinton administration knew all about Malley’s past.
JStreet advisory council
March 6, 2015, National Security Adviser Susan Rice announced that Philip Gordon, Special Assistant to the President and White House Coordinator for the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf Region will be stepping down, and will be succeeded by Rob Malley, currently NSC Senior Director for Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Gulf States. Dr. Malley will assume his new position on April 6, 2015. 
International Crisis Group
Robert Malley was listed as a "Fellow"? at the leftist International Crisis Group which was written up by David Horowitz's organization, www.DiscoverTheNetwork.org.
- JStreet website: Advisory Council (accessed on Oct. 26, 2009)
- [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/03/06/statement-nsc-spokesperson-bernadette-meehan-special-assistant-president The White House Office of the Press Secretary March 06, 2015]