Monday, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew visited the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York (JCRC), the latest in a series of community forums. While at JCRC he engaged in a dialogue with a cross section of Jewish community leaders in the New York metropolitan area. The wide ranging conversation covered topics in the areas of domestic and foreign policy.
Chief of Staff Lew spoke of President Obama’s unwavering commitment to the security of Israel. Lewhighlighted this Administration's most recent actions, including the provision of an additional $70 million to ensure that Israel can maximize its production of the Iron Dome system,and the signing of theStates-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012last Friday. The bill conveyed bipartisan Congressional support for Administration initiatives that deepen U.S. defense and security cooperation with Israel.
Other topics of discussion focused on the need for Congress to pass middle-tax cut cuts and find balanced solutions to deficit reduction in order to avoid drastic cuts in defense and domestic spending.
Jarrod Bernstein is the Director of Jewish Outreach in the Office of Public Engagement.