An Earthquake

May 14th, 2012

A week into J Street’s Leadership Mission to Israel, the earth shook. An earthquake Friday, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, rattled Israelis but caused little damage.

The "real earthquake" during our trip – and the one that made headlines – was, of course, political not geological. A surprise midnight deal between Prime Minister Netanyahu and Opposition Leader Shaul Mofaz shook Israeli politics, brought Kadima into the government, and averted early elections.

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Kadima Joins Government, Preempts Planned Elections: What Does It All Mean?

May 8th, 2012

This morning’s announcement that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Leader of Kadima Shaul Mofaz will form a unity government, instead of holding early elections, raises many critical questions. Will this development bring the government toward the center and create the space for Israel’s leadership to substantively address the key challenges the country faces? Or will it go down in history as little more than a maneuver designed to ensure the political survival of those involved? Read More...

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Condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu

April 30th, 2012

We send our heartfelt condolences to Prime Minister Netanyahu on the passing of his father, Ben-Zion. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Netanyahu family and the people of Israel as they mourn the passing of this distinguished scholar, patriarch and patriot. May his memory be a blessing to the many whose lives he touched. Read More...

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J Street calls Givat Hamatos plans 'Not just bad faith, but bad policy'

October 14th, 2011

J Street is baffled by the announcement that plans are moving forward to construct Givat Hamatos—the first new Jewish neighborhood to be built in East Jerusalem since Har Homa in 1997. Read More...

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J Street Statement on Violence at Israel’s Embassy in Egypt

September 11th, 2011

Street expresses deep relief at the safe return of Israeli diplomatic personnel and their families to Israel from Cairo today. The events at the Israeli Embassy are deeply troubling, and we urge Egypt to ensure that its security forces are in the future set to take all necessary action to protect foreign diplomats in their country. We are grateful to President Obama for his intervention and echo the Prime Minister of Israel's thanks to the President for the assistance provided by the United States and for the deep friendship that exists between the two countries. Read More...

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