First report from Obama’s meeting with Jewish leaders


From JTA’s Ron Kampeas:

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Top Jewish organizational leaders expressed support for President Obama’s Middle East peace strategies at a White House meeting but said he had to do a better job of showing he expected hard work from all sides, not just Israel.

The president’s meeting Monday afternoon with 16 Jewish leaders from 14 groups comes after weeks of tense exchanges with Israel over freezing settlement building and expressions of "concern" by some U.S. Jewish leaders over the fallout.

"The view was expressed among the organizations at a minimum there was concern about an imbalance in pressures placed on Israel as opposed to on the Palestinians and Arab states," Alan Solow, the chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, told JTA. "The president indicated he had a sensitivity to the perception of that imbalance and had to work harder to correct that perception."

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