Ambassador Dennis Ross to speak at community forum on Iran

Former U.S. Ambassador Dennis Ross met with the Miami Herald Editorial Board to discuss a series of issues related to the troubled Middle East and Southeast Asia, in advance of his talk Monday night at the Iran in Focus Community Education Forum in Davie.

Ross, a special Middle East coordinator under President Bill Clinton and an adviser to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is a counselor at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Here’s what Ross had to say:

• On the militant ISIS, the Sunni group leading a campaign of terror against the Shiite government of Iraq: “ISIS is a threat not only to the Shiites, but to the U.S. and mainly Western Europe. What they want to is to create a safe haven for themselves in Iraq.”

• On the possible resolution to the recent kidnapping of three Israeli teens allegedly by Hamas: “These kidnappings have brought Israel to a standstill. There won’t be a prisoner trade for these children; I anticipate there will be some sort of rescue effort.”

• On how U.S. sanctions have hurt Iran: “[Sanctions] are hurting them across the board, mainly their oil exporting business. ... They can’t even get insurance for their ships.”

Ross will appear at the forum, sponsored by American Israel Public Affairs Committee, along with Ambassador Brad Gordon. They will speak at 7 p.m. at Signature Grand, 6900 State Road 84.

Admission is free, but limited to 1,000. For more information, call Evan Nierman at 954-789-9112.