As Kerry works on peace framework, Jewish groups keep low profile

By Ron Kampeas

WASHINGTON (JTA) — As the Obama administration prepares to unveil a framework plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians, Jewish groups have responded by laying low.

In contrast to the noisy Iran sanctions contretemps between the administration and much of the pro-Israel community, centrist Jewish groups have largely adopted a wait-and-see approach as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry works on the framework peace deal.

Leading centrist Jewish groups all publicly express support for Kerry’s efforts, but they have refrained from aggressive lobbying or commenting on press reports about purported details of the framework. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, which usually takes the lead in framing community response to peace talks, has been quiet, congressional and administration insiders said.

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