In Wake of Flotilla Tragedy, J Street Urges Stronger US Leadership to End Conflict Now

May 31st, 2010

Today, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement upon reports of an IDF clash with the Gaza Flotilla: "J Street is deeply shocked and saddened by reports that at least 10 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded (including Israeli soldiers) this morning as Israel intercepted a naval convoy bringing humanitarian supplies and construction materials to the Gaza Strip. "We express our condolences to the families of those killed and we wish the injured a full and speedy recovery. We hope that leaders on all sides will take immediate steps to ensure that this incident does not escalate into a broader round of violence – in Israel, in Gaza, or in the region.There will undoubtedly be calls in the coming days for a UN investigation into today’s events. "A credible, independent commission appointed by the Israeli government should provide the world with a full and complete report into the causes and circumstances surrounding the day’s events and establish responsibility for the violence and bloodshed. "This shocking outcome of an effort to bring humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza is in part a consequence of the ongoing, counterproductive Israeli blockade of Gaza. J Street has been and continues to be opposed to the blockade – believing that there are better ways to ensure Israel’s security and to prevent weapons smuggling than a complete closure of the Gaza Strip. "We do not know yet what the impact of today’s incident will be on the just-restarted peace process, on Israel’s relations with the international community, or on the health of Arab-Jewish relations within Israel itself. "We do know, however, that today is one more nail in the coffin for hopes of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically and for preserving Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. We urge President Obama and other international and regional leaders to take today’s terrible news as an opportunity to engage even more forcefully in immediate efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Read More...

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Congress: Two States in US, Israeli National Interests

May 28th, 2010

This week, Representatives Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Ron Kind (D-WI), David Price (D-NC) and Vic Snyder (D-AR) joined 57 other members of Congress in sending a letter to President Obama, supporting the Administration's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution because it is in American and Israeli national security interests. Read More...

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Critical letter circulating now in the Senate

May 27th, 2010

Huge news for our movement - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) just started circulating a sign on letter in the Senate supporting recently launched Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks and the Administration's bold leadership towards a two-state solution. With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coming to Washington on Tuesday to meet President Obama and the Administration approaching a critical decision in the coming months about how strongly they'll pursuepeace, this is EXACTLY the right time for our movement to stand up strong in support of Feinstein's pro-Israel, pro-peace letter. [Clickhere to urge your Senators to sign.] [Click here to read the letter.] Read More...

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Netanyahu Invited to White House Next Week

May 26th, 2010

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement after White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama next week. Read More...

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Statement on UN Security Council Iran Sanctions Resolution

May 20th, 2010

J Street welcomes this week's announcement that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany have agreed on a working text on enhanced multilateral sanctions against Iran. Read More...

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Statement on House Resolution 1359, Calling for Shalit's Release

May 18th, 2010

J Street applauds the introduction of House Resolution 1359, which is an important demonstration of bipartisan support not just for Gilad Shalit's immediate release, but for achieving a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for a Jewish and democratic Israel within recognized and secure borders. Read More...

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The Way Forward

May 18th, 2010

Benjamin Miller shares his thoughts upon returning from the J Street Education Fund's first leadership mission to Israel, the West Bank and Jordan. Read More...

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Peter Beinart's Wake-Up Call to the U.S. Jewish Establishment

May 17th, 2010

Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, reacts to Peter Beinart's recent essay entitled "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment" in The New York Review of Books. Read More...

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