AIPAC leader praises Obama for clarifying speech

By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER
May 23, 2011 19:52

 
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AIPAC Executive Director Howard Kohr addressed America’s biggest pro-Israel lobby Monday morning, praising US President Barack Obama for his words Sunday clarifying some of those issues that most troubled Israel, such as demographics.

“It is so important that America and Israel work out whatever differences arise between them privately, and when tensions arise, that the leaders work together to close those gaps,” he said to applause. “The President's speech to us yesterday reflected just such an effort to close those gaps.”

He stressed that a bedrock principle in the US-Israel relationship was trust between the two countries’ leaders, and warned that any outward appearance of eroding confidence between Washington and Jerusalem would upend the peace process.

“Israel is the one with the most at risk in the peace process, and unless Israel's leaders know that America will be there to back Jerusalem in the most difficult times, they must be far more cautious in their quest for peace,” he cautioned.

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