Members of Congress Should Visit Settlement Construction Sites, Observe First-Hand Damage Done to Two-State Prospects

August 16th, 2011

J Street strongly opposes the Israeli government’s announcement of new housing development in the outlying settlement of Ariel. In calling the new housing “unhelpful” or “counterproductive,” the Obama administration is understating the enormous damage that daily announcements of new settlement construction are doing to the chances for a two-state solution. Read More...

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Israeli decisions on housing starts objectionable and counterproductive to peace

August 11th, 2011

J Street is deeply concerned by the government of Israel’s recent announcements of new approvals for construction of thousands of additional housing units over the Green Line. In the weeks leading up to a possible United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, such provocative decisions undermine diplomatic efforts to move Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution and avert a United Nations vote. Efforts to portray the housing decisions as a legitimate response to the ongoing protests in Israel over the cost of living in general, and of housing in particular, are a manipulative ploy by those who oppose a two-state solution. Read More...

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J Street Condemns Knesset Passage of Boycott Bill

July 12th, 2011

J Street condemns the Knesset’s passage yesterday of a law making the call for boycotts of Israel or the West Bank settlements illegal, as a clear and unabashed violation of the fundamental democratic precept of freedom of speech. Read More...

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Statement on New Israeli Construction in West Bank & East Jerusalem

April 5th, 2011

Unilateral moves such as continued settlement expansion only undermine the prospects of a two-state solution and jeopardize Israel's future as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. Read More...

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New J Street Policy Statement on Settlement Expansion & UN Security Council Resolution

January 20th, 2011

We would urge the government of the state of Israel to recognize that it is in Israel's own interest to stop further building over the Green Line, and to immediately sit down with the United States and the Palestinians to establish a border and security arrangements that define where it can and cannot continue to build. Read More...

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