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White House: Obama hopes to reach young Israelis

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama hopes to address young Israelis on his visit to Israel, a senior administration official said.

"The president’s speech is an opportunity for him to speak directly with the Israeli people, in particular to young people, about the broad nature of the U.S.-Israeli relationship,” the official told JTA ahead of a White House briefing Thursday with Jewish community leaders about the trip scheduled for later this month.

The official would not confirm reports in Israeli media that Obama’s team had opted against a Knesset address and instead is seeking to organize an address to university students at Jerusalem’s convention center.

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