The president told the congregation at a Washington synagogue that he has “high expectations” for Israelis.
President Obama makes a rare visit to a U.S. synagogue on Friday.
His visit is intended to mark Jewish American Heritage Month and connect with the community.
The president is a little obsessed with the insects, in part because they are so crucial to the food supply.
“Six years in, they’re finally giving me my own account,” he tweeted.
President Obama shifted his focus Friday from impoverished communities in crisis to the men and women who police them.
President Obama and Persian Gulf leaders promised to “counter Iran’s destabilizing activities in the region.”
The meeting is aimed at strengthening security ties during a time of increasing political and sectarian strife in the Mideast.
The president cited his own story and urged faith groups to bring the issue to the fore in a panel discussion.
Obama said the racial segregation that once marked American society has been replaced by “class segregation.”