President Barack Obama spoke before an AIPAC (American Israeli Political Activity Committee) conference in Washington today, amid rumored tensions with both Yerushalayim and the Jewish community in the United States, following his Mideast policy speech last week.
Obama’s speech, where he endorsed the 1967 borders as the basis for the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, has chafed the tense relations between Jerusalem and Washington further, as well as sparked rumors that the Jewish American community was, for the large part, rethinking its support for Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign.
Nevertheless, the American president is expected to try and reassure the Jewish lobby in Washington – considered one of the strongest in US politics – of his support for Israel, in an attempt to stave off further deterioration in US-Israeli relations.
The conference is known as AIPAC’s annual show of strength and true to form, some 10,000 people from all over the US attended the meeting. An increased presence of senators and congressmen from all across the political spectrum was also noted.
Prior to Obama’s arrival, pro-Israel demonstrators rallied outside the gathering’s venue, protesting what they believed would be the US president’s reiteration of his support of a Palestinian state within 1967 borders.