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Obama and Jewish Leaders Meet

Ben Smith has the inside scoop

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President Obama met yesterday with a 50-member delegation of Jewish leaders at the White House, in what can only be described as the most important meeting in which any Jew, let alone any President, has ever taken part. No, not really. It sounds like the usual access meeting (you can tell because the White House’s statement starts by describing it as “productive”). They talked mostly about Israel, as well as the uprisings in the Middle East.

Ignoring the public statements of the White House and the delegation, since they don’t really say anything, Ben Smith cites a source saying, a bit unclimactically, that “Those who have concerns about the President and his policies were not converted and those who don’t have problems were not given cause for concern.”

Much more interesting news is that Obama attempted to make the case to the leaders the turmoil in the Middle East has the potential to lead to peace within 10 years. #Winning

Obama Talks Mideast Peace with Jewish Leaders at White House [Haaretz]
At Jewish Leaders’ Meeting, Concern On Israel [Ben Smith]

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Damian Carroll says:

I think you meant “productive,” not “unproductive.”

Dan Klein says:

@Damian, Whoops! fixed


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