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Report: Jewish leaders cancel meeting with Abbas

Sept. 24, 2012 3:09 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 25, 2012 8:31 P.M.)
TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- A group of Jewish leaders in the US cancelled a meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas under pressure from Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, Israeli media reported Monday.

The meeting, organized by billionaire businessman Mort Zuckerman, was due to take place Monday in New York, the Hebrew-language daily Maariv reported.

Malcolm Hoenlein, executive vice president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish organizations, and Anti-Defamation League national director Abraham Foxman were also due to attend.

The meeting was canceled after Netanyahu's office contacted Zuckerman, saying it was "unacceptable" for the Jewish community to meet with the Palestinian president while he refused to meet with Israeli leaders, Maariv said.

Abbas is in New York to address the UN General Assembly.
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