White House Inaugurates Weekly Summation of American Jewish News

In addition to the usual methods of keeping informed on views of leaders within the various segments of the American citizenry, the White House has inaugurated a weekly summation of American Jewish news developments and commentaries for the use of the President’s senior advisors.

The first such summary, dated Aug. 15, contained a dozen legal size pages. It reported on the contents of various American Jewish weeklies and the English-language Jerusalem Post. The Jewish Telegraphic Agency’s Daily News Bulletin is received directly by one Presidential advisor. Reports on the Hebrew-language dailies in Israel are made available separately to the White House by the State Department which receives them from the American Embassy in Tel Aviv.

Up to now, the White House has followed the traditional means of keeping abreast of the views of American Jews-meetings of officials with Jewish leaders, telephone calls and letters to the White House, and reports in publications of general circulation.

The addition of the special Jewish press summary prepared at the White House was seen as indicating that the White House regards the Jewish publications as essential to a more profound and comprehensive understanding of the Jewish community’s views on U.S. policy as it unfolds in its attempts to formulate a Middle East settlement.

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