Israel Accepted into OECD

May 11th, 2010

Yesterday, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) unanimously accepted Israel’s application for membership to the exclusive organization of countries with prosperous, open economies. J Street welcomes this as a key step toward greater economic, social, and environmental coordination between Israel and the organization’s member countries. Read More...

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Rabbi Michael Lerner's home vandalized

May 11th, 2010

We at J Street were outraged last week to learn that Rabbi Michael Lerner's home was vandalized by those who disagree with the Rabbi's politics on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Launch of Proximity Talks

May 3rd, 2010

While the start of talks is a step in the right direction, those committed to ending the conflict peacefully remain focused not on maintaining a process but concluding it successfully. This will require moving quickly to address the final status issues at the core of resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution. Read More...

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Fight for Two States in Congress

May 3rd, 2010

Congress is already a key political battleground on Israel and the Middle East. Far too often, the pro-Israel, pro-peace perspective gets drowned out by a well-organized, well-funded, vocal minority. Not this time. A letter circulating right now for signatories on Capitol Hill, led by Reps. Ron Kind (WI-3), Bill Delahunt (MA-10), David Price (NC-4), and Vic Snyder (AR-2), supports the President in his efforts to achieve a two-state solution because it is in the vital national security interests of both the United States and Israel. [Email your member of Congress, asking them to sign on to this letter.] [Call your member of Congress.] [Read the full text of the letter.] Read More...

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Statement on Amb. Oren's Plans to Speak at Brandeis Commencement

April 27th, 2010

J Street released the following statement on Ambassador Oren's plans to speak at Brandeis University's 2010 commencement. Read More...

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Leadership Mission Visits Israel, West Bank, Jordan

April 27th, 2010

Last week, a delegation of J Street Education Fund leaders visited Israel, the West Bank and Jordan on a trip aimed at providing a more complex and nuanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.The delegation's packed itinerary included meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah, trips to Sderot, Tel Aviv and Hebron, and a visit to Jordan. In Israel, the delegation met with President Shimon Peres and Israeli government officials, among them Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai and Netanyahu Senior Advisor Ron Dermer.  The group also met with a range of members of Knesset, including Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni. In Jerusalem, the delegation sat down with civil society leaders, including human rights activists and members of the settlement movement.In Ramallah, the group met with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and a number of businessmen and civil society representatives. The delegation also traveled to Jordan, where they held several meetings with His Highness King Abdullah and other high-ranking officials.[Photos from the leadership delegation][Press Release: J Street Leadership Mission Leaves for Mideast] Read More...

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