Direct Talks Begin

September 1st, 2010

The world's eyes are yet again watching the Israelis and Palestinians as they enter direct talks aimed at ending their conflict. Here at J Street, we've read all the pessimistic assessments about the chances for success. But we agree with iconic Israeli author David Grossman, who gave a moving interview this week in which he said, "I don't have the luxury of despair." The stakes could not be higher for Israel's very future and the Palestinians' just dream of independence. This is perhaps our last chance to achieve real peace and security through a two-state solution.    J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami discussed the recently launched peace talks on MSNBC on Thursday, September 4th. [Read David Grossman's Interview] [Read our statement on the talks] [Read The New York Times editorial on the talks] Read More...

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Distinguished Rabbinic Leaders Sign Letter in Support of J Street, Urgent US Leadership to Achieve Two States

September 1st, 2010

Nine former presidents of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), eight rabbis honored on The Forward's Sisterhood 50 list, and major rabbinic leaders from across the denominational spectrum have joined together to sign a letter in support of J Street, the pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy organization, and its mission. The letter comes as direct talks commence between the Government of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, and on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. Read More...

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J Street Condemns West Bank Terror Attack

August 31st, 2010

We unequivocally condemn this brutal attack and hope that Israeli and Palestinian security forces swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims' families. Read More...

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J Street Urges All Sides to Refrain from Unilateral Actions, Renounce Incitement as Direct Talks Begin

August 31st, 2010

Achieving two states and a regional comprehensive peace has been the core objective of J Street since its founding, and we remain as dedicated as ever to its achievement today. We will do all we can to rally support for this effort and to urge all parties to make the tough choices and to take the steps necessary to achieve a positive result in the months ahead. Read More...

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J Street Calls on "Emergency Committee for Israel" to Clarify Position on Two States

August 30th, 2010

The Emergency Committee should be ashamed. Most American Jews and friends of Israel simply will not buy the fear-mongering and Islamophobia that they are peddling. Read More...

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J Street Applauds John Hagee Ministries' Decision to Discontinue Support for Im Tirtzu

August 26th, 2010

CUFI and J Street may disagree on a number of issues, but we see eye-to-eye when it comes to Im Tirtzu's mission and tactics, including its attack on Naomi Chazan and the New Israel Fund and its recent call for a boycott of Ben-Gurion University. Read More...

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Statement on Announcement of Direct Talks

August 20th, 2010

J Street welcomes today's announcement of direct talks, with the US closely shepherding the process. Bringing the parties together is only the starting line on a difficult road that will demand real political leadership and courage from the parties and from the US and the international community. Read More...

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