Some Jewish voters may be skittish about supporting President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign, but there appear to be plenty who are ready to open their wallets.
A high-dollar fund-raiser targeting the Jewish community is set for June 20 in Washington, according to a person familiar with the planning. Mr. Obama plans to speak at the event. Many of the fund-raisers Mr. Obama has headlined in recent weeks have been small dinners where attendees have the opportunity to ask the president questions, and this event is expected to be structured in this fashion.
A story in today’s Wall Street Journal explained that some fund-raisers are concerned that financial support for Mr. Obama will drop off due to a perception that the president has been too tough on Israel in trying to push forward a Middle East peace plan. For instance, he has pressured Israel to halt construction of settlements in disputed territory. Many in the Jewish community will be looking to see how Mr. Obama frames the peace process in a major speech today on the Middle East.
Mr. Obama remains focused on the region in the coming days. On Friday, he meets with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu, and on Sunday he addresses the pro-Israel lobby, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee.