The chairman of the Conference of Presidents liked the president’s strong words on the importance of the U.S.-Israel relationship, but would have liked him to be a little tougher on Iran.
Alan Solow, an early Jewish supporter of Obama in the presidential campaign, praised the president for speaking out "forcefully and unequivocally for the right of the Jewish people to settle in the state of Israel" and the "unbreakable bond" between the two countries — as well as his "strong statements and condemnations of terrorism."
"So on balance, the speech was one that was quite positive," Solow told JTA Thursday.
But Solow added that he hoped "in the future he’ll use more forceful rhetoric in describing the impact of the possession of a nuclear weapon by Iran and the impact it would have on the rest of the world."
"He’s spoken about it before, in stronger terms, and I’ll look forward to his using stronger language," he said.