NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish organizational leaders rejected the notion that their meeting with President Obama was negative in any way.
A JTA article this week reported that President Obama, in a meeting Tuesday with members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, reaffirmed American support for Israeli security and discussed U.S. policy in the Middle East in a spirit of cordiality and respect.
I thought I was done with this week's meeting between President Obama and a group of Jewish leaders assembled by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, but the spin surrounding the meeting keeps reverberating in pro-Israel circles.
It seems to me the event is almost a textbook example of the difficulty of reporting the news on anything touching on Israel and the Middle East.
Barely two days after returning from leading a congregational mission to Israel, I was privileged this past Tuesday to attend a special session in the White House, with President Obama and some of his closest advisors. The topic was recent developments in the Middle East, their impact on American foreign policy, and more particularly on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians. The session was organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. As Vice-President of the Rabbinical Assembly, I was representing the rabbis of the Conservative movement.
NEW YORK (JTA) – President Obama reportedly urged Jewish communal leaders to speak to their friends and colleagues in Israel and to “search your souls” over Israel's seriousness about making peace.
In an hourlong meeting Tuesday with about 50 representatives from the Jewish community’s chief foreign policy umbrella group, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, Obama reiterated the U.S. commitment to Israel, according to statements from both the White House and Conference of Presidents.
JTA is reporting that a delegation of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with President Obama on Tuesday and that the meeting went well, with Mr. Obama expressing his undying commitment to Israel's security and the assorted Jewish leaders proclaiming themselves satisfied – at least on the record.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders -- and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah -- that Israel is strong and can defend itself.
Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday evening at the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations meeting in Jerusalem, responded to Nasrallah's threat earlier in the day that Hezbollah would take over Israel's Galilee region in a future war. Nasrallah also threatened to harm senior Israeli leaders.
(JTA) -- A major Jewish umbrella organization again has called on the ambassadors of United Nations member states to walk out on a speech by Iran's president.
Anticipating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again will seek to address the General Assembly this year, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent letters asking delegates to leave should Ahmadinejad be allowed to speak before the international body.