Obama to Address North American Jews on Iran Deal

August 21, 2015  

As intense discussions regarding the Iran nuclear agreement continue, President Barack Obama will address the North American Jewish community next Friday, August 28, at 2:10 p.m. Eastern Time.

Obama will participate in a live webcast to deliver remarks to and take questions from participants across the United States and Canada in an event co-sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations and The Jewish Federations of North America, according to a statement released on Thursday.

Previously, the two groups have hosted webcasts and forums on the Iran nuclear agreement with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz, Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General Dore Gold and former IDF Head of Military Intelligence Amos Yadlin.

President Obama will deliver his remarks from the White House, with viewers able to tune in via computers and cell phones. Participation is free, and those interested in joining can register at www.jewishfederations.org/president.

“We are honored that President Obama will join us for this important discussion,” said Michael Siegal, Chair of the Board of The Jewish Federations of North America.

“We have made it a priority to help educate our community about all aspects of the nuclear agreement, and we will continue to do all that we can to provide these unique events to Federations throughout North America. Our thanks go to President Obama for making it a priority to engage our community in such a direct fashion,” he added.

“We have continued to educate and inform members of Conference of Presidents and through them the American Jewish community about the many facets of the Iran nuclear agreement and its impact on the United States, Israel and the world,” stated Stephen M. Greenberg, Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

“We welcome this opportunity to hear from President Obama as the deliberations enter a critical stage.”

Despite efforts by the Obama administration to convince American Jews to back the Iran deal, several Jewish groups have said they reject the deal, including the American Jewish Committee (AJC), one of the largest and most influential Jewish organizations in the United States.

A recent poll found that American Jews oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran by a margin of more than 2 to 1. That is, 45% of registered Jewish voters said straight out that they oppose the deal, while only 22% said they favor it.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)

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