New York, NY – Jack Lew, President Obama’s chief of staff, met with Jewish leaders in New York and fielded questions about differences with Israel.
Lew, who is an Orthodox Jew, met Feb. 17 with a group convened by the New York Jewish Community Relations Council on his way home for Shabbat.
According to participants in the meeting, he was asked about reports of tensions between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and particularly over Iran, and on the issue of Jonathan Pollard.
According to Ezra Friedlander CEO of the Friedlander Group, who participated the meeting, Lew also revealed that when President Obama offered him the position of White House Chief of Staff he told him” that he is aware of his observance of the Sabbath and that while he can’t promise him there won’t be a crisis he will fully respect his observance”.
Exclusive video from the event below