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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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J Street Mourns Shimon Peres, J Street Blog

“J Street expresses deep sorrow at the news that Shimon Peres, the last surviving member of Israel’s founding generation of leaders, has passed away. Shimon Peres made an indelible contribution to Israel as a senior aide to David Ben Gurion, as Defense Minister, as Prime Minister, as Foreign Minister and as President. He will be remembered for his tireless efforts to keep Israel safe and in his latter years to reach a just peace with the Palestinians based on a two-state solution. He was a friend of J Street, always ready to meet with our leaders and supporters, who will be sorely missed. Originally a security hawk who was the father of Israel’s nuclear program, Shimon Peres over time became convinced that there was no military solution to the conflict with the Palestinians and that Israel had to reach an accommodation with its neighbors that allowed them to exercise their self-determination alongside Israel.”

US Jewish groups mourn Shimon Peres, laud his contribution to Israel, Jerusalem Post

“The organization J Street, which advocates for the two-state solution, described Peres as ‘an ethical beacon and a voice of optimism for Israel’ who remained ‘unbowed and undeterred.’ J Street described Peres, the last surviving member of Israel’s founding generation of leaders, as “originally a security hawk” who later found a ‘more healthy path’. ‘Over the course of his long and productive life, Shimon Peres epitomized the best of Israel and of the Zionist movement,’ they said. ‘He was a fighter turned peacemaker, a hawk turned dove, a fierce political fighter turned unifier. We shall not see his like again.’ The group added that ‘He will be remembered for his tireless efforts to keep Israel safe and in his latter years to reach a just peace with the Palestinians based on a two-state solution.’ ‘He was a friend of J Street, always ready to meet with our leaders and supporters, who will be sorely missed.’

Donald Trump’s embrace of settlements and the one-state solution would be disastrous for Israel, Times of Israel

J Street U leader Leah Susman writes, “Every US administration since president Johnson has regarded Israeli settlements as illegitimate or illegal because they threaten a two-state solution, which subsequently threatens Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state. Donald Trump’s GOP regularly lauds Israel as “the only democracy in the Middle East,” while simultaneously embracing the settlements. They simply can’t have it both ways….The disastrous effects of a Donald Trump presidency would not be restricted solely to our own country, but would have impact in Israel, the Middle East and around the world. Trump and the GOP’s support for pro-settlement policies threaten Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state.  As American supporters of a peaceful and prosperous future for Israel, we have a responsibility to do everything that we can to oppose him.”

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