Obama was advocating the reception in honour of Jewish American Heritage Month. "Even as we never waver in pursuing peace between Israelis, Palestinians, and Arabs, our bond with Israel is unbreakable. It is the bond of two peoples that share a commitment to a common set of ideals- opportunity, democracy and freedom," he said.
Jewish American have helped to open the eyes of US citizens to open the eyes to injustice and people in need. They also helped us to realise that we ought to recognize ourselves in the struggles of our fellow men and women, Obama said.
"That's what's led Jewish advocates to fight for women's equality and workers' rights. That's what led rabbis to preach against racism from the bimah -- and to lead congregants on marches and protests to stop segregation," Obama added. He assured Israel that all these factors helped America to recognize and support Israel as a Jewish homeland and a beacon for democratic values.