Rabbi Steve Gutow, President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, issued the following statement regarding the Wednesday White House meeting with President Obama organized by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations:
“Spending nearly an hour on Tuesday with President Obama together with other Jewish leaders was an honor and personally meaningful. The interaction throughout was friendly, constructive, and candid. President Obama expressed unambiguous support for Israel and displayed a deep understanding of its many security challenges. He discussed the volatile situation in the Middle East, and it was clear that the President and his team are focusing their attention on these developments in a serious and thoughtful manner.
“In addition, we expressed appreciation for the recent U.S. veto of the one-sided United Nations Security Council resolution designed to isolate Israel. The President and his Administration have demonstrated their friendship with the organized Jewish community and we look forward to a continuing partnership with them on our shared priorities, both domestic and international.”