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J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who want Israel to be secure, democratic and the national home of the Jewish people. Working in American politics and the Jewish community, we advocate policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu Is Wrong: The US Must Stand Up for Israel, Not For Settlements, J Street Blog

“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent statements warning against possible US actions related to West Bank settlement activity are just the latest evidence that he is far more interested in defending the settlement enterprise than in seriously pursuing a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict….The Prime Minister’s vision for the US role is clear: The US government should do nothing while Israel acts to entrench the occupation and expand settlements in the West Bank, undermining the prospects for a two-state solution. It should staunchly reject any international scrutiny or criticism of Israel for these actions, ensuring that they can continue without any consequences – and that the Prime Minister can hold together his right-wing coalition and remain popular with the settlement movement. That would not be friendship or leadership, but a complete abdication of American interests, values, and obligations – including our obligation to prevent Israel from wandering further down the path of endless occupation and conflict. President Obama cannot accept that. Nor could any President who understands the true precepts of the US-Israel relationship.”

Miri Regev’s Culture War, The New York Times

Ruth Margalit profiles Israel’s aggressively right-wing Culture Minister. “Since joining Likud in 2008, Regev has become known for her provocations no less than for her nationalist fervor. The columnist Nahum Barnea called her ‘a walking graffiti wall.’ There was the time she described migrant workers from Africa as ‘cancer in our body.’ And the time she lashed out at an Arab member of the Knesset: ‘Go to Gaza, you traitor!’ She sometimes unfurls an Israeli flag during speeches and has on occasion taken reporters to pray at the Western Wall before an interview. In 2013, she introduced a bill to annex the Jordan Valley, a move that would all but foreclose the prospect of a two-state solution.”

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