Reports Syria Used Chemical Weapons Deeply Worrying

April 26th, 2013

Reports from US and Israeli officials suggesting that the Assad regime may have used chemical weapons against civilians show that the brutal civil war in Syria, which has already taken over 70,000 lives, may be entering a new and even more dangerous phase. Read More...

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Israeli-Palestinian Agreement on UNESCO Encouraging

April 24th, 2013

J Street welcomes the agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority brokered by the international community that will allow UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, to resume its work in Jerusalem, as a small but encouraging step forward. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Iran Project Report Calling for Balancing Pressure with Diplomacy

April 17th, 2013

J Street Director of Government Affairs Dylan Williams made the following statement today regarding the release of a new report by the Iran Project, “Strategic Options for Iran: Balancing Pressure with Diplomacy,” which was signed and endorsed by 35 prominent former US officials: Read More...

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To Israel at 65: May You Go from Strength to Strength

April 15th, 2013

J Street congratulates Israel on Independence Day, marking the 65th anniversary of its modern rebirth as a homeland for the Jewish people, and shares in the happiness of its people in reaching this landmark. The establishment of Israel is the embodiment of an age-old dream and an expression of the Jewish people's right to self-determination. Read More...

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Fayyad’s Resignation Sign of Urgent Need for Diplomatic Progress

April 15th, 2013

J Street regrets the resignation this weekend of Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, who made such significant contributions to the cause of peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians. His commitment to non-violence, building the institutions of Palestinian statehood, good governance and rooting out corruption will be sorely missed. Read More...

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J Street Statement on the Accusation of Pinkwashing

April 9th, 2013

As the conflict continues, the need for two-states has never been greater. And never before has a renewed, forward-focused conversation about the urgent need for American leadership been as necessary. Viewing Israel solely through any one lens -- either through the gains of the LGBT community or through the occupation -- does not advance the pragmatic conversation this situation demands. Read More...

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J Street Calls on Congress to Swiftly Pass the Iron Dome Support Act

March 28th, 2013

J Street applauds the reintroduction of the Iron Dome Support Act, lead by Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-CA-53), and strongly supports its swift passage. Israel’s ‘Iron Dome’ rocket defense system is key to helping protect Israeli civilians and soldiers from rocket attacks from Hamas, Hezbollah, and other militant groups. Maintaining and expanding this project will help save lives and improve the quality of life of Israelis, particularly in the South of Israel, who have lived under the threat and reality of rocket attacks for too long. Read More...

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J Street statement on Israeli-Turkish reconciliation

March 23rd, 2013

Prime Ministers Netanyahu and Erdogan are to be commended for seizing the moment of President Obama's visit to the region to repair historic bilateral ties that for decades have enhanced their nations' security and provided a critical bridge between Muslim-majority countries and the world's only Jewish-majority state. Read More...

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