White House invites Jewish leaders for briefing on ‘pertinent’ issues
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White House invites Jewish leaders for briefing on ‘pertinent’ issues

Discussion with key administration officials comes as Jewish groups urge president to stop Netanyahu from annexing parts of West Bank

An attendee wears a 'Make America Great Again' kippah before President Donald Trump speaks at an annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
An attendee wears a 'Make America Great Again' kippah before President Donald Trump speaks at an annual meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition, Saturday, April 6, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration has invited Jewish leaders over for a briefing on “pertinent” issues.

“Gathering with Jewish leaders,” an invitation viewed by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency says. “You are invited to a discussion with key administration officials on pertinent issues impacting the community.”

It’s not clear how many Jewish leaders are invited to the meeting set for Tuesday, or what the “pertinent” issues are, or who the “key officials” are.

US President Donald Trump has said he will soon be ready to release his Israeli-Palestinian peace plan. On Friday, nine mainstream Jewish groups urged Trump to preserve the two-state solution in the face of a pledge by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex West Bank settlements if re-elected.

Jewish community officials also are concerned about security since an alleged white supremacist massacred 11 Jewish worshipers at a Pittsburgh synagogue last year.

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