In recognition of his "leading role in shaping the US involvement in the Middle East peace process," Ambassador Dennis Ross was honored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) last week with its inaugural award for distinguished public service.
Ambassador Ross accepted the ADL Distinguished Public Service Award at the League’s Annual Dinner in Palm Beach, Florida.
"Respected, wise, dedicated, and indefatigable are all words and terms that come easily when talking about Ambassador Dennis Ross," said ADL National Director Abraham Foxman. "However, they are not enough to describe the special person he is, and the contributions he has made, and continues to make.
"All of us who care about a peaceful future for Israel, America and the Palestinians have cherished the open line we have to Ambassador Ross and have counted on his wise counsel when we brought him our ideas, our concerns, our trepidations, and our hopes," the ADL chief added.
The Jewish organization said Ambassador Ross spent more than two decades playing a leading role in shaping Middle East policy in the administrations of President Barack Obama, President Bill Clinton, and President George H.W. Bush.
He worked to facilitate Israel-Palestinian peace, including helping to broker the 1995 Interim Agreement and the 1997 Hebron Accord, and was the key person developing policies to counteract Iran’s march to nuclear weapons capability, ADL said in a statement.
Ross said in accepting the award. "Working for Israeli-Arab peace became my life’s work because I don’t see any other alternative for Israel."
Ross recently rejoined the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, a think tank that focuses on US foreign policy in the Middle East, as a counselor. He also has resumed his role as co-chair of the Jewish People Policy Institute, a think tank that develops strategies on issues of concern to Jews, where he works for the wellbeing and security of the Jewish People.
Ambassador Ross is the first recipient of the ADL Distinguished Public Service Award, which was established this year.
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