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White House Briefs Students on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts

By: JTA

Obama administration officials briefed Jewish and Arab-American student leaders on the peace process.

Among the participants in Thursday’s three-hour White House briefing were students affiliated with Hillel, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the American Jewish Committee, J Street and Americans for Peace Now.

“As part of our ongoing efforts of working with key stakeholders throughout the process of the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, yesterday a group of U.S. officials met with a diverse group of youth leaders who are involved in various ways with the Israeli-Palestinian issue,” an administration official told JTA on Friday. “This meeting was an opportunity to update the leaders on the status of the negotiations as well as to solicit their views and have them contribute their thoughts to the policy process.”

Shaina Lowe, the U.S. outreach director for OneVoice, a group that promotes grassroots peace activism among Israelis and Palestinians, attended.

“It was an opportunity for her to discuss One Voice’s parallel campaigns underway in Israel and Palestine to mobilize a political center on each side to support the negotiations and the ultimate goal of a two state solution,” said a spokesman for the group.

Additionally, there was a representative of the Peres Center in Israel.

Officials who attended the off the record briefing say briefers included Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser, and Ilan Goldenberg and Laura Blumenfeld, advisers to Martin Indyk, the top U.S. Middle East negotiator.

They said that the meeting appeared to be part of a broader effort by the administration to prepare public opinion for Secretary of State John Kerry’s planned unveiling of a framework peace agreement.

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5 Responses to “White House Briefs Students on Israeli-Palestinian Peace Efforts”

  1. How can you talk about something that does not exist. The only plans the white house has for Israel is for it to become part of a greater muslim empire, without Jews.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Hello White House.
    There has been no peace between Arab and Jew since Isaac and Ishmael. You are wasting your time.

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Nice try but I thought you had this all laid out already. Why can't the American public be briefed on what we are doing?

  4. Barry Kaplan says:

    It is amazing that one of the preconditions was that nothing was to be let out until an agreement was reached. Now the WH is telling everyone what is going on and is telling Israel what has to be done. Maybe one of the past C
    IA directors was correct when he said that there were antisemitic elements in the Government that are keeping Pollard in jail. This probably spills over to the "Peace Talks" and the threats that were made. By the way, I didn't here an apology from Obama when he spoke about Bibi. Bibi probabky thought the same about Obama but was too much a statesman to say it out loud.
    As soon as the WH starts criticizing the PA for what they say on TV, in the schools, etc. Maybe there will be more movement. The WH has to remember they had a war against England for trying to tell the "colonies" what to do. Until the WH wakes up, there will probably no real movement.

    The majority of Israelis want peace but not at our (Israel's) expense.

  5. Why does this White House effort at propagandizing bring thoughts of KGB propaganda and brainwashing youth in the 50's and 60's…or earlier still the captive student audiences and camps run by Hitler for his Youth Brigades…In a totalitarian state run by a dictator, it's always, "My way or the highway!"

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