FW: Foreign pool Report for POTUS and Israel President

From: Nadia Bilbassy [mailto:xxx@email.com]
Sent: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 3:15 PM
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Cc: Velz, Peter T. EOP/WHO ; Barnes, Desiree N. EOP/WHO
Subject: Foreign pool Report for POTUS and Israel President

Pool was ushered at 2:27 pm to a smiling President Rivlin. This is the first meeting for the Israeli President  with president Obama after assuming the Presidency.  The Israeli President who spoke in English stating what he described as  “the obvious”  which is “ no greater friend to Israel than the United States” he thanks POTUS for the US military assistance and diplomatic support “ from the bottom of my heart” . He added that this enables Israel to face threats today  the in the future.

President Rivlin said that “ we are not at war with Islam but with extremists”. He talked about the Jewish Menorah which he said it has 4 candles on each side and another in the middle called ‘Shamash” in Hebrew .  The middle represents the leader , he added  that next year the 8 candles will be lit. I have asked the traveling  Israeli press on the significance  of the story but it seems unfamiliar to almost all. My  guess is that he meant that the leadership of the US represents lights , and perhaps POTUS would end his two terms ( 8 candles)  .  He said he and his wife were looking forward to the Hanukah  reception later on at the white house .

POTUS welcomed the Israeli President  and reaffirmed the US military commitment  to Israel security. He admitted that peace between Israel and the Palestinians  is distance but he said he was looking forward to discuss  the process , reiterating  again his condemnation of violence , adding  that he asked President Abbas to end the incitement.

A couple of reporters shouted questions about Trump but POTUS smiled,  didn’t answer and instead he  wished a happy Hanukah  to an Israeli journalist he recognized.

Spotted in the room were  the Israeli ambassador to Washington, Mr. Ron Dermer,  US ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro and National security advisor Susan Rice.

President Rivlin arrived yesterday in NY.   He also met with members of congress from both parties. His wife Nechama Rivlin is accompanying  him.

The President and his wife are expected to attend a Hanukkah reception hosted by POTUS and FLOTUS , and members of the Jewish community.

Nadia Bilbassy Charters

Bureau Chief

Alarabiya Washington





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