UJC snags Obama, probably Netanyahu, for General Assembly in Washington

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

Leaders of UJC/Jewish Federations of North America, formerly United Jewish Communities, may have problems sticking with names for their organization, but they’re doing  fine when it comes to attracting big name speakers to their national conference.


This year’s General Assembly, scheduled for November 9 in Washington, will feature a speech by President Barack Obama – his first to a major Jewish group since taking office last January.


And in case that’s not enough, UJC officials are working out the final details for a live appearance by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  No doubt the Israeli embassy is busy today trying to work out meetings between Bibi and Obama, as long as the prime minister is in town.


Here’s a tip: if there’s a sudden change in plans and Netanyahu announces urgent business at home will force him to address the group via video hookup instead of live, you can bet the president and prime minister are still at loggerheads over the issue of West Bank settlements.


Regardless, Obama’s presence means the event is shaping up as the Jewish event of the year in Washington.

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.