By Jordan Fabian
August 4, 2015
President Obama on Tuesday urged Jewish groups to back the Iran nuclear deal in the face of mounting pressure from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other vocal opponents of the accord.
The president met with nearly two dozen leaders from major Jewish organizations, both for and against the deal, for more than two hours at the White House.
Obama made the case the deal would cut off Tehran’s path to a nuclear weapon and reassured them the U.S. would protect Israel’s security, the White House said.
Multiple leaders who participated in the meeting described the tone as “serious” but were not sure whether the president’s sales pitch changed any minds.
Representatives from all three major Jewish movements, the Orthodox Union, the conservative Rabbinical Assembly and the Union of Reform Judaism also participated.
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