Nathan Guttman and Josh Nathan-Kazis

Kosher Summit: President Obama has lunch with Elie Wiesel in the Oval Office private dining room May 4. Story on Page 5.

Wiesel’s White House Lunch Defuses Tensions

When Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel published an open letter in April arguing against pressuring Israel on the issue of Jerusalem, it was seen as a sign of just how severe tensions had become between the Obama administration and Israel’s government and its allies in the American Jewish community.