Obama to meet Jewish leaders amid concerns over criticism
US President Barack Obama will meet on Monday with over a dozen heads of influential American Jewish organizations and is expected to respond to concerns that the White House is pressuring Israel over West Bank settlements, the Israeli Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.
American Jews more or less agree with the president on settlements, but it's the focus on criticizing Israel that's disconcerting, the newspaper reported.
The United States urges Israel to stop construction of the settlement in the West Bank which hinders a peace process with Palestinians.
Binyamin Netanyahu's government agrees to stop the construction in future, but refused to freeze the current settlements.
There are 121 Jewish settlements in the West Bank occupied by Israel in 1967 where roughly 300,000 Israelis live.
The Jewish organization in the United States intend to demand from the Washington government to explain President Obama's future steps in Middle East, especially after return of the ambassador to Syria, Jerusalem Post reported.
In June Washington decided to return the ambassador to Damascus after a four-year break. The Syrian government hailed the U.S.'s steps and invited Obama to visit Damascus in the near future.