Trading Threats With Iran

June 1st, 2009

editorial. The New York Times, February 3, 2012

Tags: Iran

J Street responds to Hosni's candidacy for UNESCO Director-General

May 28th, 2009

J Street expresses its deep concern over the possible appointment of Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni as UNESCO Director-General. Mr. Hosni’s hateful comments last year, pledging to burn Israeli books in Egyptian libraries, run directly counter to UNESCO’s stated mission of promoting international cooperation in the fields of education, science, culture and communication. Read More...


Freeze means freeze

May 28th, 2009

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rejection of a full settlement freeze, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that President Obama "wants to see a stop to settlements - not some settlements, not outposts, not natural-growth exceptions." Amen. A freeze means a freeze. This is exactly the sort of leadership we need from the President and Secretary of State if we are going to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - the only way to truly secure Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic homeland. You can bet the Obama Administration is already hearing from hawkish voices on Israel - urging him to make exceptions, allow for more settlement growth, and to go slow. We've got to make sure the President knows pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans support his strong line on settlements, for both Israel's and America's sake and security. Send a message to the President here in support of his "Freeze means Freeze" approach to Israeli settlements. Read More...


J Street calls on American Jews, PM, Knesset to stand against discriminatory legislation

May 27th, 2009

Update: J Street welcomes the Israeli ministerial legislative committee's rejection of Yisrael Beiteinu's loyalty oath bill, as well as the Cabinet's amendment of a bill to prohibit any government funds from being used for events marking the "Nakba" (rather than banning commemorations altogether). As other legislative proposals aimed at limiting the civil and democratic rights of Israel's citizens come under consideration, we hope that Israeli lawmakers will stand up for their country's democratic and Jewish values. Read More...


J Street responds to Netanyahu's comments on settlement expansion

May 26th, 2009

J Street is deeply dismayed by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks Sunday in which he rejected both a full settlement freeze in the West Bank and limitations on Israeli expansion in disputed areas of Jerusalem. Just last week, the Prime Minister heard clearly from President Barack Obama and from other American political leaders that settlement construction and expansion must end. Read More...


J Street statement on Obama-Netanyahu meeting

May 18th, 2009

J Street commends President Barack Obama on restating today his commitment to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and his serious intent to pursue a viable and sustainable resolution to the broader Arab-Israeli conflict. Peace and security for Israel and the Middle East will require more than half-steps and further process. Read More...


J Street welcomes House passage of Palestinian aid package

May 14th, 2009

J Street welcomes House passage of the President’s Supplemental Budget Request, including $865 million in Palestinian aid, $300 million of which is allocated for Gaza reconstruction. J Street has strongly advocated for such an aid package since the end of the Gaza war in January. Read More...


Tell Your Representative: Support Obama's Bold Leadership in the Mideast

May 13th, 2009

President Obama is getting ready to set his course for achieving real peace and security in the Middle East. But some are telling the President to go slow and take a hands-off approach to negotiations, rather than taking the immediate action needed to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflicts.  This Administration's first year is crucial to promoting peace in the region - and the President needs to know that he has strong support in Congress if he chooses a path of leadership and real action. Representatives Steve Cohen (D-TN), Charles Boustany (R-LA), and Russ Carnahan (D-MO) have authored a bipartisan letter backing President Obama's strong leadership in pursuit of the two-state solution and a regional comprehensive peace.   Click here to take action and ask your Representative to sign the Cohen-Boustany-Carnahan letter supporting Obama's bold leadership in the Mideast. Read More...