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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J Street Comments on Tzipi Livni’s resignation from the Knesset

May 1st, 2012

Throughout her 13 years in government, Tzipi Livni has defined the ideal of public service in Israel, pursuing her vision of the best interests of Israel with passion, dignity and integrity. Read More...

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US Interests in the Middle East

May 1st, 2012

Resolving the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts is a paramount foreign policy interest of the United States. As the United States withdraws troops from Iraq, works to stabilize Afghanistan and pursue a resolution to the crisis with Iran, strengthening alliances in the region to create stability and protect the United States is essential. Restoring America’s image in the international arena is a top priority for Washington. Toward that goal, the resolution of the Arab-Israeli conflict, particularly through a regional, comprehensive approach, is critical for the United States. Read More...

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Legalization of New Settlements is No ‘Holiday Gift’ to Israel

April 29th, 2012

Israeli Education Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s characterization in a speech on Yom Ha’atzmaut of the government’s legalization of three West Bank outposts as a “holiday gift” should deeply concern all those committed to ensuring Israel’s future as a democratic, Jewish homeland. Read More...

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