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Obama to Meet With Israeli Journalists to Push Iran Nuke Deal

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By    |   Wednesday, 05 Aug 2015 10:28 PM

President Barack Obama will sit down with Israeli journalists next month to make his pitch for the Iran nuclear deal directly to the Jewish nation's populace, Buzz Feed reports.

The plan was revealed during a two-hour meeting with Jewish leaders at the White House, the website reports.

Obama noted a delegation of Israeli reporters were visiting Washington this week and had met with deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes – and that he'll "sit down with Israeli journalists and tell them my view of this and make the case of this deal, and that way engage the Israeli public," Greg Rosenbaum, the chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, tells BuzzFeed News.

"He expects that in early September he'll probably sit for another interview with Israeli television," a source at the meeting adds. The website notes Obama gave an interview with Israel's Channel 2 in June.

The meeting where the plan was discussed included over 20 leaders from Jewish communal and pro-Israel organizations, including some who are for the Iran deal, such as J Street, and some who are against it, like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

During the meeting, Obama referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's own sales pitch to Congress in March, saying "no other world leader would even have the idea
of coming to Congress and making a speech against a specific policy of a sitting president of the United States," the source tells Buzz Feed News.

And he parried with Lee Rosenberg, AIPAC's president, about the organization's lobbying activities, criticizing the group for only giving administration officials 30 minutes to meet with activists who were lobbying Congress against the deal last week, Rosenbaum and another unnamed source tell tell Buzz Feed News.

"You guys go up on the Hill, that's your right and I salute that right," Obama said, according to Rosenbaum, "but you pass out supposed fact-sheets to congressmen that are not factual and then I've got to go sit with that congressman for 45 minutes and explain what wasn't factual in the fact-sheets they were given."

There weren't any fireworks, but the president expressed frustration, Rosenbaum tells Buzz Feed News.

"Obviously [Obama] didn't convert the opponents in the room, but he forced the opponents to rethink the manner of their opposition," one source tells the website. "We'll see how that plays out. I know that there is a sentiment within some of the opposing groups, not by everyone, but there's a concern about the ramifications of this deal within the community. Either way, the anti-deal groups are spending the money they raised."

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