Israeli decisions on housing starts objectionable and counterproductive to peace

August 11th, 2011

J Street is deeply concerned by the government of Israel’s recent announcements of new approvals for construction of thousands of additional housing units over the Green Line. In the weeks leading up to a possible United Nations vote on Palestinian statehood, such provocative decisions undermine diplomatic efforts to move Israelis and Palestinians toward a two-state solution and avert a United Nations vote. Efforts to portray the housing decisions as a legitimate response to the ongoing protests in Israel over the cost of living in general, and of housing in particular, are a manipulative ploy by those who oppose a two-state solution. Read More...

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J Street Statement on reports of negotiations resuming

August 2nd, 2011

Three months ago, when President Barack Obama said that the future borders of Israel and the Palestinian state would be based on “the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps,” the Prime Minister publicly castigated him. He implied that the President was trying to force Israel back to borders that were somehow “indefensible.” Read More...

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J Street's Israeli security experts tour

August 1st, 2011

J Street is proud to have sponsored a tour of seven distinguished Israeli security and political experts, including retired IDF Generals and Ambassadors, to the U.S. discuss Israel's security needs and interests. The delegation met with members of President Obama’s administration, members of Congress and at the Pentagon. Israeli Maj. Gen. (ret.) Shlomo Gazit, former Ambassador Alon Pinkas and Brig. Gen. (ret.) Nehamiah Dagan, among the others, spoke about the urgent need for Israel-Palestinian negotiations on a two-state solution to begin in advance of the anticipated UN vote on Palestinian statehood in September. They told the administration, members of Congress and U.S military officials that President Obama’s declaration for a negotiated settlement based on 1967 lines with agreed-upon land swaps was not just defensible, but was a political and military imperative for Israel. Read More...

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J Street Introduces New Communications Team

July 29th, 2011

WASHINGTON—J Street is pleased to announce the hire of three new staff members, who together will lead the pro-Israel, pro-peace organization’s communications effort. Read More...

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American Jews continue to back President Obama, US engagement in Israeli-Palestinian conflict

July 21st, 2011

Washington—Support for both President Barack Obama and for US leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict remains robust among American Jews, according to a new poll. Read More...

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J Street Condemns Knesset Passage of Boycott Bill

July 12th, 2011

J Street condemns the Knesset’s passage yesterday of a law making the call for boycotts of Israel or the West Bank settlements illegal, as a clear and unabashed violation of the fundamental democratic precept of freedom of speech. Read More...

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J Street opposes the Gaza-bound flotilla, expresses concern about possible violence

June 28th, 2011

J Street opposes the Gaza-bound flotilla. We strongly urge those organizing and participating in the flotilla to reconsider. We are deeply concerned that a new attempt to break Israel’s blockade of Gaza could spark violence and result in further entrenchment by both sides, derailing efforts to restart Israeli-Palestinian negotiations at this critical time. Read More...

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