Our Message of Hope and Urgency

September 22nd, 2010

As Israeli-Palestinian peace talks enter crunch time, we're making clear that broad supports exists for bold peace moves. Our ads in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and other papers urge Netanayahu, Abbas, and Obama to make history now by freezing settlement growth, staying at the table, and giving talks a chance to succeed. Click here to urge Netanyahu, Abbas,and Obama to seize this moment.J Street rejects the cynicism on the right and the left surrounding these talks because it doesn't help achieve a secure and democratic future for Israel. The stakes could not be higher for those of us who care about Israel achieving real peace and security in our lifetime -- and for those of us who want to see all peoples of the region realize the dream of self-determination. As part of our all out push to keep the talks alive, we hosted a National Tele-Townhall that relayed to nearly 2,000 supporters up-to-the-minute information on the situation in the Middle East from J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and Ophir Pines-Paz, a former member of Knesset who resigned his position as Minister in opposition to Avigdor Lieberman's entrance into government. Listen to a recording of the call below:More links from our "Make History Now" campaign:[Sign our petition][View our New York Times Ad][Read Jeremy Ben-Ami's Op-ed in JTA][Download a recording of the townhall.][Read Ophir Pines-Paz's bio.]   Read More...

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Tell Amb. Oren: We support bold Israeli moves for peace

September 16th, 2010

Why is it that when Israel goes to war, its friends in America rally to its side, but when it makes moves for peace, support is much harder to come by? Israel's Ambassador to Washington Michael Oren recently called for greater American Jewish support, across ideological lines, for Israeli moves toward peace with the Palestinians. [1] Ambassador Oren needs to know that Israel can count on a large and vocal community of support if it takes the hard steps necessary to achieve real peace and security, including an extension of the settlement compromise that Prime Minister Netanyahu authored ten months ago. Click here to tell Ambassador Oren that you support Israel making the tough decisions needed to end the conflict with the Palestinians. These talks are an opportunity for both parties to move beyond cynicism and despair to finally achieve the goal of a lasting peace for their peoples. The fork in the road is clear.  The stakes are high - for the Prime Minister and for American Jews.  The time for us to step forward is now. Read More...

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J Street Condemns Quran Burning Planned in Florida

September 8th, 2010

Acts of hate like these desecrate the values of tolerance and religious freedom on which this country was founded and provide fodder for extremism around the world. This anti-Muslim act is the latest in a deeply disturbing series of events in recent weeks, some which have involved physical violence. Read More...

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They Don't Speak for Us

September 7th, 2010

As direct talks begin between the Israelis and Palestinians, our community faces a choice. We can work urgently and boldly to achieve two states, supporting the President's leadership and a sustained American role. Or we can let opponents of compromise, inside the Jewish community and out, derail the process and attempt to raise the political costs so high that American politicians walk away from the important role they must play in bringing this conflict to an end. We have seen, for instance, how a far-right group called the Emergency Committee for Israel, founded by neo-con Bill Kristol and Evangelical Gary Bauer, is attacking pro-Israel, pro-peace Members of Congress across the country with lies and smears - and it is our job this coming year to support and defend those who are attacked. That's what we promised in creating J Street.  To make clear that the Emergency Committee and its attacks don't speak for our community, we've launched a new website TheyDontSpeakForUs.com,  as well as a new ad calling out Kristol, Bauer and their out of touch records.     Read More...

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Direct Talks Begin

September 1st, 2010

The world's eyes are yet again watching the Israelis and Palestinians as they enter direct talks aimed at ending their conflict. Here at J Street, we've read all the pessimistic assessments about the chances for success. But we agree with iconic Israeli author David Grossman, who gave a moving interview this week in which he said, "I don't have the luxury of despair." The stakes could not be higher for Israel's very future and the Palestinians' just dream of independence. This is perhaps our last chance to achieve real peace and security through a two-state solution.    J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami discussed the recently launched peace talks on MSNBC on Thursday, September 4th. [Read David Grossman's Interview] [Read our statement on the talks] [Read The New York Times editorial on the talks] Read More...

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Distinguished Rabbinic Leaders Sign Letter in Support of J Street, Urgent US Leadership to Achieve Two States

September 1st, 2010

Nine former presidents of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), eight rabbis honored on The Forward's Sisterhood 50 list, and major rabbinic leaders from across the denominational spectrum have joined together to sign a letter in support of J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy organization, and its mission. The letter comes as direct talks commence between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Read More...

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J Street Condemns West Bank Terror Attack

August 31st, 2010

We unequivocally condemn this brutal attack and hope that Israeli and Palestinian security forces swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families. Read More...

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J Street Urges All Sides to Refrain from Unilateral Actions, Renounce Incitement as Direct Talks Begin

August 31st, 2010

Achieving two states and a regional comprehensive peace has been the core objective of J Street since its founding, and we remain as dedicated as ever to its achievement today. We will do all we can to rally support for this effort and to urge all parties to make the tough choices and to take the steps necessary to achieve a positive result in the months ahead. Read More...

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