J Street Calls For A Borders and Security Approach From The Obama Administration

December 8th, 2010

As the Obama Administration rethinks its approach to advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace, the urgency of the moment demands a new, bolder, more assertive approach to achieve two states before time runs out. There is now a real opportunity to make a welcome course correction after nearly two years without serious progress. It is time for a bolder, more assertive "Borders and Security First" approach aimed at fulfilling President Obama's campaign promise of achieving a two-state solution. The world knows the outlines of the solution. So it is time for the United States – with broad international support – to put forward a real proposal for ending the conflict in which the parties are asked to give yes-or-no answers. The proposal should make clear that the border will be based on the 1967 lines, creating a Palestinian state on the equivalent of 100 percent of the land beyond the 1967 Green Line with one-to-one, agreed-upon land swaps.  It must also meet the full range of Israeli security needs in the face of the threats it faces. [Policy Page on Borders and Security First] [Sign the Petition to the Administration] Read More...

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J Street Rabbinic Leaders Condemn Religious Ruling Barring Home Rentals to Non-Jews

December 8th, 2010

This week's ruling by rabbis in Israel that forbids the renting or selling of homes to non-Jews is deeply disturbing and represents a cynical and offensive use of Torah and Jewish values to promote a discriminatory, fundamentalist ideology. As rabbis, we join with Prime Minister Netanyahu and many other Israeli leaders in condemning this racist decision and standing up for the democratic principles on which Israel was founded. Read More...

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Carmel Fire: Rebuilding Begins Now

December 6th, 2010

Israeli officials recently announced that the ferocious fire in Israel's North, which claimed 42 lives, hundreds of homes, and 10,000 acres of forest had finally been brought under control. J Street mourns this tragic loss of life, and our thoughts and prayers remain with the victims’ families and all those affected by this disaster in the Carmel Forest. We've been shocked and saddened by this tragedy -- and we are relieved to hear of a respite and heartened by the outpouring of international support that aided Israel in combating the blaze. But the real work of rebuilding tattered homes, communities, and Israel's gorgeous northern areas begins now. With a $10,000 gift from J Street and matching donations from the J Street community, we directed more than $40,000 to the New Israel Fund's Carmel Forest Fire Response Fund. [J Street Statement on Carmel Forest Fire Tragedy] Read More...

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J Street Mourns Loss of Life in Carmel Forest Fire

December 2nd, 2010

J Street mourns the loss of the 40 Israelis who died in today's tragic fire in the Carmel Forest near Haifa, the deadliest fire in Israel's history. Read More...

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John Ging Speaks at Busboys & Poets in Washington

November 29th, 2010

On November 16, UNRWA Gaza Director John Ging joined J Street DC Metro at Busboys and Poets Peace Cafe to discuss the current situation in Gaza. Read More...

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A New US Strategy: Borders and Security First

November 29th, 2010

J Street is calling on President Obama to take a "Borders and Security First" approach to resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and achieving a two-state solution. We have stood shoulder to shoulder with President Obama as he has repeatedly pushed both sides toward negotiations. Our community taken hundreds of thousands of actions in support of the President's vision of Middle East peace and his active efforts to make it a reality from day one. With the parties stuck in yet another unproductive diplomatic crisis over whether or not to even resume negotiations, the urgency of the moment demands a new, bolder, more assertive approach from the Administration to realize the President's vision before time runs out on negotiations -- and on his first term. Click here to urge President Obama to move beyond talk toward tangible progress in defining and implementing a two-state solution. We are urging the Administration to focus – with or without resuming direct negotiations and/or a 90-day extension of the moratorium – on delineating an agreed-upon border between the state of Israel and the state-to-be of Palestine, and on proposals for meeting the full range of Israeli security needs in the face of the threats it faces. The United States should make clear now that the border will be based on the 1967 lines with one-to-one land swaps, creating a Palestinian state on the equivalent of 100 percent of the land beyond the 1967 Green Line.  If the sides are unable to reach agreement, the United States should present a proposal to both sides that adheres to those parameters, asking for a yes-or-no decision. [Policy Page on Borders and Security First] [Sign the Petition] [Press Statement] Read More...

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J Street Condemns PA Official's Denial of Jewish Connection to Western Wall

November 27th, 2010

J Street condemns this week's denial by an official of the Palestinian Authority of any Jewish connection to the Western Wall. This blatant disregard of historical fact and disrespect for Judaism's connection to its holiest of places is both disappointing and extremely unhelpful as the United States attempts to break the stagnation and resume direct negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians Read More...

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New J Street Policy Urges Obama to Adopt "Borders and Security First" Strategy

November 23rd, 2010

To address persistent stagnation in Israeli-Palestinians negotiations, J Street is putting forth a new policy proposal urging President Obama to adopt a bolder, more assertive strategy to resolve the conflict. Read More...

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