At 'pleasant, cooperative' meeting Jewish group urges Obama to remove UN backing for Israel
There was a second meeting of Jews with President Hussein Obama at the White House this week. The meeting was led by supporters of J Street, the organization for anti-Israel JINO's. In an atmosphere described as 'pleasant and cooperative,' the group urged President Obama to stop protecting Israel at the United Nations
The exchange took place in the second of two meetings Obama held with
American Jewish leaders to discuss the current negotiations with Iran
over its nuclear program, as well as other regional issues. According to
a source who was in the room, one J Street supporter told the president
that if he decided to back a Palestinian state resolution over Israeli
objections, “let us know first, and we’ll do the legwork for you, in the
community… so you’re not going to come in cold.” Among the J Street
supporters who were part of the delegation meeting with Obama were
Alexandra Stanton, Lou Susman and Victor Kovner.
The atmosphere at that second meeting was described as pleasant and
cooperative, in marked contrast to the first meeting, described by one
source as “ungiving, very stern and tense.”
The Algemeiner spoke to four individuals who attended the
meetings, as well as one other who did not attend, but was extensively
briefed on what was said. All of the sources declined to be named for
this report, as they were not authorized by the Administration to speak
on the record.
The discussions totaled approximately two hours and forty minutes and
were likely the most significant ones between the two sides since the
start of the Obama presidency. “For sure this was the most important”
one prominent Jewish leader stated, “because it was about Iran.”
The President was only at the first meeting for about an hour and ten minutes.
Regarding the first meeting, at which senior representatives of
groups like the World Jewish Congress, the Conference of Presidents and
the Anti-Defamation League were present, one source said the
conversation was “difficult” and “depressing.” The source added that
“nobody was breaking ground, they were at cross purposes.” An attendee
who spoke with JTA described the gathering as “intense” and said, “There
was an openheartedness, there were some deep reflections by the
president.” Other participants who spoke with JTA used the term
“therapeutic” to describe the tone of the talks.
The second meeting, which was largely stacked with Obama allies, “was
very pleasant,” according to one of the guests. It was “all his
friends,” the guest said. As well as J Street supporters, others present
included Haim Saban, the Israeli-American entertainment mogul who has
been critical of Obama’s Middle East policies, and Democratic donors
associated with AIPAC, including past presidents Amy Friedkin and Howard
Obama presented himself as thinking “like an ultra-liberal Jew” and conveyed the “J Street mantra,” according to the source.
Although some pointed questions were asked, Obama faced far less
resistance, and was even encouraged to take steps against Israel and
remain steadfast in his approach to Iran negotiations.
According to the source, one “J Streeter” pushed Obama to remove the
American veto protection of Israel at the UN in the event that a
Security Council resolution called for the creation of a Palestinian
The individual “said if you decide to go against Israel at the UN,
‘let us know first, and we’ll do the legwork for you, in the community…
so you’re not going to come in cold…’ and they pushed him to do it,” the
participant told The Algemeiner. “Another major Jewish leader…
not J Street, more centrist, but he wants to cosy up to Obama, says
[regarding Iran] ‘you are doing the right thing, we are behind you 100
Jewish support for Obama has dropped 23% since 2009. One can only wonder how many American Jews would have supported the likes of Hitler and Khomeni had they been given the chance.
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