Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Ha'aretz today

Obama to U.S. Jewish leaders: Israel must engage in self-reflection

By Barak Ravid, Haaretz Correspondent, and Reuters

U.S. President Barack Obama met with 15 American Jewish leaders at the White House for the first time on Monday. The president and the Jewish officials huddled for talks aimed at clearing the air following allegations that his administration was taking a tough line with Israel over settlement activity.

At the meeting, Obama told the leaders that he wants to help Israel overcome its demographic problem by reaching an agreement on a two-state solution, but that in order to do so, Israel would need "to engage in serious self-reflection."

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