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October 29, 2013 3:18 pm

White House Calls Rushed Meeting With Jewish Leaders to Discuss Iran Sanctions

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The White House has called a rushed meeting with a select group of Jewish leaders, to take place Tuesday, to discuss its approach towards  sanctions against Iran, a Washington source with knowledge of the matter told The Algemeiner.

They are calling specifically on organizations which have taken positions on the issue of Iran including the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the ADL, AIPAC and others, the source said.

High level officials are expected to be at the meeting, including National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

The meeting comes in advance of the next round of talks, over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, scheduled for November between Iran and six world powers known as  P5+1.

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The briefing may be an indication that the White House is reviewing its position on Iran sanctions in advance of the talks, according to the source.

In recent days, the differing positions of the U.S. and Israel over Iran have come into stark contrast, with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissing discussion over how far Iran should be allowed to enrich uranium, and insisting that Iran be denied nuclear breakout capability.

“Iran is willing to give up on enriching uranium to 20% and therefore a discussion on this issue is unimportant. The importance of the issue became superfluous in the wake of the technological improvements that allow Iran to enrich uranium from 3.5% to 90% in a number of weeks. Pressure on Iran should be increased because it is continuing enrichment even as it negotiates,” he said.

On Monday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that “the US would not ‘succumb to fear tactics,’ of those who oppose diplomacy,” with Iran, the Jerusalem Post reported.

The post said that the remarks “could be construed as a reference to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s warnings to the world not to fall for the ‘charm offensive’ of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.”

On Saturday, Israeli Intelligence Minister Yuval Steinitz told an audience at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue that the U.S. and Israel disagree when it comes to Iran, both with regard to negotiation tactics and in what they would be prepared to accept as a bottom line outcome of negotiations.

While the Obama administration has lobbied congress to hold back on new sanctions legislation in recent days in an effort, it says, to give time for diplomacy with Iran to work, a number of Jewish groups have voiced support for the implementation of new sanctions.

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  • R

    In response to Esser Agaroth:

    Jews throughout the world cannot – and will not – give up their homes, their work, and everything they have in virtually every country in the world, and move to Israel. Israel’s economy would probably burst, throwing thousands, if not millions, out of work.

    But we Jews through the world have a duty to keep abreast of Israel and ensure its safety and well-being, wherever we are, through political pressure on our so-called political “leaders” (yeah, right…they’re schmucks, and we all know it, but shhhh….they’re all we’ve got,) so let’s pressure the hell out of them for the sake of Israel. Our American leaders pour millions and billions in financial aid into countries throughout the world.

    We just have to be alert to see to it that American aid to Israel is always on the “list”. And, of course, we Jews have an obligation to contribute individually, personally, generously, to Israel. It’s in our own interests, as Jews in the world, today, wherever we are.

  • With John Kerry;s remark about scare tacticts seemily so sacrosanct, maybe Israel should be encouraging Iran to strike Washigton as an alternative, and even offer to help with the planning. That will really teach the American community of hedonistic politicians about scare tactics.

  • In my earlier post I asked if anyone thought the leaders of the major Jewish organizations would take a principled stand with Obama.

    This was not entirely a rhetorical question, but it seems that no one considers this to be a likely prospect, to put it mildly.

    The dearth of strong and principled leadership here in America, in Israel, and in Europe is extremely worrisome as the Iranian situation becomes a true existential crisis.

  • Judy Silver-Shapiro

    The alleged ‘leaders’ are Son-Of-Islam obama’s ‘Court Jews.’ They are NO BETTER then Delano’s (FDR) were when they were complicitous in the savage murders and exterminations of 6 million JEWs including 1.5 million innocent children. Their priority then and now is closeness to power, NOT ISRAEL’s security and safety or JEWISH continuity.
    These so-called ‘leader’s’ names should be made public.
    We are enduring the most hostile-sitting toward ISRAEL US Pres in history, aren’t we?

  • “Jewish Leaders,” huh?

    Funny, they don’t lead me.

    You see I’m one of those “crazy extremists” (in the opinion of the ADL, AIPAC, etc.) who actually believes in the Torah, and The Almighty is in charge, not some silly court Jews, and that the Jewish People is supposed to live in its only true homeland, the Land of Israel (Land, not “State of”).

    The U. S., albeit filled with economic opportunities and other “toys,” is not where the Jewish People is supposed to be.

    It is not any less of a galuth (exile) that Yemen, India, or Syria.

    Unfortunately, Jews in the U. S. (those who really ARE Jews, and not just products of a Jewish father, and/or falsely converting mother) have been fooled into believing the galuth is not the punishment it is.

    Galuth can be a very powerful influence on ones mentality.

    Groups like AIPAC, ADL, and others are just part of the assimilation process, keeping the Jew down,…and out of his only true homeland.

    • Cat K

      They do not lead me either. I’m not sure who they lead.

  • Abraham

    Israel can not depend on the US or Europe, she is on her own and should take necessary steps to safe guard her citizens.

  • Sandy Brown

    I do not believe a word that Iran says. End of.

  • Mark NYC

    Like it or not, the simple reality is that the American public is not prepared to lsupport a pre-emptive attack against Iran’s nuclear capability. There are many outside this country who want us to do this, not least the Saudis, but our citizenry is tired of getting involved in Middle East (and more generally moslem) wars, and oil is not quite the imperative it used to be. I think that if American Jews push too hard on this score, it will backfire in our faces. The best that we can probably hope for is that if the Israelis feel driven to launch such an attack, the U.S. government will not then abandon them in the chaos that follows. Unfortunately, I don’t have so much confidence on this score in Obama, Kerry, Hagel, and Rice. Hopefully, Congress will provide some counterweight, but it’s going to be rough going. If the Israelis do launch such an attack, I hope they also take out Iran’s oil production, since that might be the most effective way of crippling their economy and hence military capability.

  • In RESPONSE TO RONDALD DUCOK: Israel is not controlling or attempting to control the White House. Israel doesn’t “want” Iran to be free. The US is getting along jus’ fine without Iran’s goddam oil, which they can SHOVE if they want to. Next thing y’ know we’re all gonna be driving electric cars, anyway, and Iran can go peddle it’s goddam oil elsewhere. Maybe Iceland might want some. Iran can no longer hold the rest of the world by the balls.

    Iran’s government leaders are not up to living in a world of peace. They need agitation to remain in office. Once there’s peace these guys will be hanged in the town squares.
    AND THEY KNOW IT!!

  • Dogan Akman

    Obama is just useless and hopeless. He is an amateur.
    He has no guts and gumption. No balls.No spine.His word is worth nothing. At the rate at which he has been throwing his friends and allies under the bus, there soon will be no buses left in the United States of America.

    May G-d save Israel and the allies of the US from friends like Obama. Amen. Inshallah.

  • I agree with our beloved and generous Sheldon Adelson, when he talked to the , Yeshiva bucha in New York recently,except, instead of high radiation yield bombs in the
    Iranian desert, use Mr. Cohens (of the Cohanim) Neutron bomb. An elegant bomb with low radiation!

  • Michael Garfinkel

    The great Munich sell-out reappears, this time in the guise of “negotiations” between swift boat Kerry and Iranian Mullahs with smiley face lapel buttons.

    Of course, the mother of all sell-outs was the overwhelming support given to Obama in both elections by the American Jewish community – the same community which is presumably represented by the attending organizations.

    With Susan Rice of Benghazi infamy, and the presence of the great healthcare bait-and-switch artist Obama himself, perhaps the “Major American Jewish Organizations” will be sufficiently wary to take a principled stand.

    Does anyone think so? Anyone?

    • JOHN TRAIN

      “On Monday U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that “the US would not ‘succumb to fear tactics,’ of those who oppose diplomacy,” with Iran, the Jerusalem Post reported.”

      This is the same John Kerry who lied to you that American troops routinely admitted atrocities in Vietnam.

      He is the same Kerry that twisted Israel’s arm to release the worst Palestinian terrorists/murderers knowing full well that this would only encourage the the PA to escalate their demands.

  • Dov

    President Obama is not a fighter. He thinks that negotiations will win him friends. While he is losing on all fronts ad dragging Americans with him. I guess this is his thinking of a community organizer.

  • Raymond in DC

    What’s going on seems clear. The Obama administration wants Jewish leaders to lobby Israel to accept US terms, even though they don’t come anywhere close to meeting Israel’s red lines. All previous talk about having Israel’s back and not permitting Iran to acquire nuclear weapons are proving “just words”.

    In the movie “The Untouchables” Malone demands of Ness, “What are you prepared to do?” Where Iran is concerned, Obama’s answer seems to be “Only so much”.

    • Kris Kristian

      NOBODY CAN TRUST OBAMA AND KERRY.
      THEY ARE BOTH LIARS.
      AS FOR SUSAN RICE, WELL THAT WOMAN IS DANGEROUS.
      WHY DID THE US JEWS VOTE FOR OBAMA, KNOWING THAT HE IS NO FRIEND OF ISRAEL
      CAN THE WORLD WAIT TILL USA HAS IT’S NEXT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS?
      HOPEFULLY, HILARY WILL NOT BE IN FRONT.
      SHE CANNOT BE TRUSTED.
      SHE GOT THE NY JEWS TO VOTE FOR HER FOR THE US SENATE ON A PROMISE TO BE WITH ISRAEL. WHEN SHE BACAME SEC OF STATE, SHE SHOWED HER TRUE COLOURS BY HELPING ISRAEL’S ENEMIES.

      KEEP THEM ALL OUT.

  • judorebbe

    Phony concern, cosmetic public relations effort, more lies from Team Obama as they shaft Israel and appease Iran. In short, bullcrap!
    And the worst part about it is that these “Jewish Leaders” will stay blindly loyal to Team Obama, despite the lies and betrayal.

    • Alon

      Sorry to day but they do not shaft Israel, Obama is shafting the Americans, the world and Israel. A true sell out in old American fashion…….

    • Anthony C Abela

      Well what do you expect?. O’bama came from nowhere and now like a chameleon, his true colours are being exposed as the Arab lover he really is. Well that’s Islam for you, they put out their right hand to shake it but their left hand is behind their back with a dagger, ready to cut you up. Both O’Bama and Kerry are the Whitehouse biggest disgrace to the American people.

  • The power with (still) the greatest authority in the United Nations is permitting itself to be lulled into a false sense of security; that it can place its trust in a transformed Iran, suddenly prepared to turn itself inside-out in a matter it has named as critical to its aspirations, simply because of the allure of ‘doing the right thing’. The right thing in this instance suits the Islamic Republic of Iran just fine; it has in the past manipulated its accusers and questioners to buy time for development, will do so now, and will emerge triumphant.

  • harri

    you report as though there was not an agenda here to implement a world wide caliphate. just look at Norway – judenrein, Sweden – jews are leaving, due to the government not stopping jihad attacks against jews, France – two attacks against Jews per day, that we know about. Jews are leaving in droves. think that’s not coming here? little girls are being snatched for sex slavery in not so great Britain; nothing is done . who is paying whom for silence? is this creature really eligible for office? where are his loyalties? he sent how many billions to the moslem brotherhood?

  • harri

    you failed to mention just who these “high level ‘leaders'” are. surely not orthodox, chabad or any other Israel supporter. were they secular apologists?

    • dr.zhivago

      As I recall, the same “high level Jewish leaders” had a similar meeting in the White House and were told not to disclose the issues discussed to the members of their organizations and to the Jewish community at large.
      Here is what we should do. Demand a complete account of these discussions from the participants. Also insist on disclosing whether any commitments were made on behalf of the community. Failing that, inform your local Federations and other participant organizations, that you will be withholding your contributions until the complete disclosures are made. Write to your local Jewish papers and raise this issues in your synagogues. Urge your Jewish friends to do the same.

      Leftist Jews were active participants in the creation of that totalitarian monster, the communist Russia. Ultimately, it devoured them as well. History should not repeat itself here.

    • Kris Kristian

      GOOD QUESTION.
      I HOPE THAT ALGEMEINER WILL GET THEIR NAMES AND FIND OUT HOW LOYAL THEY ARE TO ISRAEL
      I HOOE THAT THE NEMES WILL BE PRINTED IN EVERY NEWSPAPER, SO THAT THE WORLD CAN SEE IF OBAMA & CO IS TRYING TO PULL THE WOOL OVER EVERYBODY’S EYES

  • Cheryl Pine

    In recent days, the Half-truths are emanating increasingly from this White House e.g Obamacare, I am very wary about this upcoming meeting with Jewish leaders. Perhaps it is merely to put a nice face on the administration’s failure to increase sanctions which are the only actions that have brought Rouhani’s to the table for another round of talks. We need to keep lines of communication open with the WH, while working ever more closely with Congress which recognizes the strategic importance of increased sanctions.

  • GZLives

    Sounds like Bibi is ready to move without the US and the WH needs these groups to rein him in

  • Steve Klein

    Obama: “We have Israel’s back.”

    One day I expect to wake up and read, “Iran tests its first nuclear weapon….”

    The Jews put our faith in Barack Obama like Americans did with healthcare.

    Woops!

  • rondald ducok

    they dont want iran to be free if iran is free they will give the us oil and the us will become irans friend all things isreal dosnt want

    • Kris Kristian

      LETS NOT FORGET BRITAIN AND OTHER COUNTRIES.
      THEY ARE ALL SUDDENLY WILLING TO TALK TO IRAN.

      IRAN HAS THE STICK. O I L.

      THEY WANT IRAN’S OIL, AND DAMN THE JEWS/ISRAEL

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