Obama: J’lem should make progress on peace

US president tells Jewish leaders at Conference of Presidents meeting that momentum in negotiations can ease Israel’s int’l isolation.

He also said he understood Israeli frustration with Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, but maintained they offered the best chance for achieving peace and felt a greater urgency to do so in the wake of Arab protests across the region that they fear could end up strengthening Hamas.

He also criticized the Tehran leadership on the nuclear front, saying that after the recent fruitless conversations between international powers and Iranian leadership, “we could expect more in the way of Iran sanctions,” according to a participant.

via Obama: J’lem should make progress on peace.

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