Jeremy Ben-Ami responds to breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian talks - UPDATED

January 26th, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the apparent failure of the latest round of Jordanian sponsored talks between Israel and the PLO: “J Street is gravely concerned by the apparent failure of the latest round of Jordanian-sponsored talks between Israel and the PLO. While no one had high expectations for these talks, no one should take satisfaction in seeing predicted failure come to pass. The interests at stake – for Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan, the US and the Quartet—are too serious and the consequences of failure too dire. Read More...

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What are the experts saying about Iran?

January 25th, 2012

American and Israeli security experts warn that a military strike on Iran would fail to stop its nuclear program, provide the Iranian regime with additional impetus to pursue a nuclear weapon, and risk igniting a regional war that would expose Israeli citizens and even Americans to devastating retaliation. J Street is today releasing a video featuring the views of former Mossad Directors Ephraim Halevy and Meier Dagan, former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, and Middle East advisor to six U.S. Secretaries of State Aaron David Miller, among others, who have sought to challenge the facile assumptions and rhetoric of those arguing for war. It is required viewing for those who truly want to understand what is at stake for the United States and Israel in deciding how to prevent the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran. J Street believes that Iran obtaining nuclear weapons would pose a very serious threat to American and Israeli interests and to peace and stability in the Middle East and around the world. The United States has a fundamental interest, along with Israel and the international community, in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, and J Street supports concrete American actions to address this threat. We support a comprehensive and multilateral approach, including sanctions and active diplomacy. Read More...

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J Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami Responds to Mufti's 'Incendiary' Comments

January 24th, 2012

WASHINGTON— J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement in response to Mufti of Jerusalem Sheikh Muhammad Hussein’s invocation at a recent Fatah event: Read More...

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J Street's Jeremy Ben-Ami Responds To Atlanta Jewish Times Publisher's Call to Consider Presidential Assassination

January 23rd, 2012

WASHINGTON— J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to an editorial written by the publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times calling for Israel to consider assassinating President Barack Obama: Read More...

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Jeremy Ben-Ami Expands on Comments in Washington Post this Morning

January 19th, 2012

I agree that the use of the term “Israel Firster” is a bad choice of words. The conspiracy theory that American Jews have dual loyalty is just that, a conspiracy theory and must be refuted in the strongest possible way. However, this incident is a perfect example of a more pressing problem with the way the debate plays out over Israel in the American Jewish community and in American politics. Rather than engage directly over whether or not American and/or Israeli policies are actually advancing American and Israeli interests, an ill-chosen word or phrase is used to delegitimize a critic or in this case an entire institution. The real question we should be debating is not the use of the term "Israel Firster" but the underlying questions being raised by CAP and others over the direction of American foreign policy – how best to achieve a two-state solution and how to prevent Iran from attaining a nuclear weapon without going to war. Read More...

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We can't just sit this one out

January 19th, 2012

“Maybe we should just sit this round out.” That’s what a long-time supporter of two states said to me the other day questioning whether, with all the upheaval in the Middle East, now is really the time for Israel to pursue a two-state solution with the Palestinians. Underlying the question is the assumption that if the risks of pursuing two states seem too great, maybe it’s better to just accept the status quo. Read More...

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Observing what’s right and doing what’s just

January 18th, 2012

Below is an excerpt from a speech recently given by Stuart Appelbaum, President of the Jewish Labor Committee and the Retail Wholesale Department Store Union at the JLC Human Rights Awards Dinner on Thursday, January 13th in New York City. "Observing what’s right and doing what’s just." Read More...

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J Street and J Street U Statement on the Upcoming Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Conference at UPenn

January 12th, 2012

The announcement that a conference of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS) will be held in February on the campus of UPENN has been met with a great deal of concern by organizations and members of the Jewish community. We share the strong opposition expressed by many of our colleagues in the organized Jewish community to the BDS movement and are similarly concerned about the implications of the upcoming conference at UPENN. Read More...

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