The Evolution of The U.S.-Israel Relationship

Former Ambassador Dennis Ross to Speak at Annual Robbins-Wilf Lecture on April 19

Despite rising tensions on both sides, President Barack Obama has described the connection as “an unbreakable alliance.” Yet, since the birth of the Jewish state, relations between the United States and Israel have seen periods of close collaboration as well as great tension. What policy considerations have shaped American dealings with Israel in recent history? Have they been effective? And what do they imply for the two countries’ future interactions?

Dennis Ross
Dennis Ross

On Tuesday, April 19, Yeshiva University will host American diplomat and author Dennis Ross to discuss this fraught relationship in the context of his new book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S.-Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2015). The lecture, part of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence program at YU’s Stern College for Women, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of YU’s Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, on 55 Fifth Avenue at 12th Street, New York City.

Ross is counselor and the William Davidson Distinguished Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is also a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. He was the director of policy planning in the State Department under George H. W. Bush, was Bill Clinton’s Middle East peace envoy, and served as special assistant to President Obama.

“I can think of no one more qualified than Ambassador Dennis Ross to discuss the evolution of what many consider one of the world’s closet and most important bilateral relationships,” said Professor Bryan Daves, director of the Robbins-Wilf program. “From the peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians to the negotiations with Iran to halt its nuclear program, Ambassador Ross has been a key player, so he is not only an expert on this relationship, he is an eyewitness. We are honored to have him share his insights with us.”

The program is under the auspices of the Dr. Marcia Robbins-Wilf Scholar-in-Residence program, established and funded by Robbins-Wilf, a founding member of the Stern College Board of Directors. The program brings top scholars, authors, artists and opinion-makers to Stern College, offering students unique perspectives on the world.

Admission is free and open to the public with valid photo ID and ticket. Tickets are limited and can only be reserved at or by calling (212) 868-4444. Learn more about the book at