Obama, Jewish leaders exchange concerns about distortions and attacks in Iran deal debate

By JTA
August 5, 2015 09:39

 
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President Barack Obama and pro-Israel leaders exchanged concerns about how each side distorts the other’s arguments in the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and how the distortions are creating divisions in the Jewish community.

The meeting Tuesday evening at the White House between Obama and an array of Jewish leaders lasted more than two hours.

Participants said it was civil and friendly - Obama got a round of “happy birthdays” when he walked in the room - but that Obama forcefully expressed his frustrations with how the deal has been presented in the Jewish community. In contrast with previous meetings, they said, much of the discussion focused on the effect the debate was having on American Jews, as opposed to the details of the agreement.

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