J Street Gravely Concerned about Israeli Plans to Expand Housing in Gilo

September 27th, 2011

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the Israeli government’s announcement today of its plans to build 1,100 new housing units in Gilo, a contested Jerusalem neighborhood beyond the Green Line. Read More...

Tags: borders and security israel Jerusalem peace Settlements

J Street Disappointed By UN Events, Looks to Quartet for Diplomatic Progress

September 23rd, 2011

WASHINGTON —J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the speeches of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the United Nations today, as well as to the just released statement by the Middle East Quartet. Read More...

Tags: Abbas israel Quartet two-state solution United Nations US Interests

J Street Responds to President’s UN Address, Urges US Diplomatic Leadership

September 21st, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following response to President Obama’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly this morning Read More...

Tags: israel Obama Palestinians peace talks United Nations

J Street and the UN

September 21st, 2011

For J Street's full policy statement, press release, and open letter to the community as well as a host of resources on the Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations, click here. Read More...

Tags: American Jewish Community Foreign Aid israel Open Conversation Palestinians peace peace talks United Nations

J Street: Gov Perry Playing a ‘Reckless and Dangerous Game’ with Israel

September 20th, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to Governor Rick Perry’s press conference this morning on Israel and the US-Israel relationship: Read More...

Tags: Elections Elections 2012 Foreign Aid Rick Perry two-state solution

Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace Leaders Lobby for New Congressional Letter Urging Continued Palestinian Aid

September 16th, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street’s top leaders will be on Capitol Hill today to lobby in support of a new Congressional letter urging President Barack Obama to work with Congress to ensure that U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority (P.A.) is maintained as a matter that is “in the essential strategic interest of Israel and the United States.” 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...

Tags: Bibi Netanyahu Egypt Obama Security

J Street On The UN

September 8th, 2011

With the pending approach of the Palestinians to the United Nations for membership this September, J Street has just issued a policy paper which urges the continuation of serious diplomatic efforts by the United States and the international community to avert a showdown, calls on the Palestinians to defer their application, and supports the United States’ declared intention to veto the application at the Security Council. J Street also issued an open letter calling on the American Jewish community to shift the energy it is putting into defeating the Palestinian initiative at the UN into promoting the urgency of a two-state resolution to the conflict. In an email to the J Street community today, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami reaffirmed the movement’s deep commitment to a Palestinian state – because it is so vital to Israel’s security, democratic character and Jewish nature to achieve a two-state solution. Read More...

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