A Wake Up Call in Jerusalem

March 11th, 2010

Israel’s recent announcement of 1,600 new housing units in East Jerusalem wasn't just a slap in the face to Vice President Joe Biden.It was a wake-up call to us all that business-as-usual peace processing is bringing us no closer to ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. And now it may derail or delay the proximity talks just announced by Special Envoy Mitchell.The alarm bells couldn’t be ringing more loudly, telling us that hope is fading for a future where a Jewish, democratic Israel lives side-by-side in peace and security with the state of the Palestinian people.Yet an urgency of purpose suited to the danger of the moment is missing – here in the U.S., in Israel and in the American Jewish community. The time has come for strong action, not more talk.Earlier this week, J Street delivered a petition to the White House with over 18,000 sigatures from pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans who support stronger US leadership now to ensure two states. Read More...

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Israeli-Palestinian Proximity Talks Announced

March 10th, 2010

J Street was pleased by Senator Mitchell’s announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leadership have accepted proximity talks and commended the U.S. administration for its concerted efforts to engage the parties and its strong commitment to a peaceful, diplomatic resolution to the conflict. While these talks are a step in the right direction toward a two-state resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and finally securing Israel's future as a democratic homeland of the Jewish people, ending the conflict will require strong and sustained American - and international - leadership to bridge differences and to support all sides in making difficult, but necessary compromises for peace. Additional Links: Statement by Special Envoy for Middle East Peace George Mitchell, March 8, 2010. J Street Statement on Announcement of Proximity Talks, March 8, 2010. "Proximity Talks: Prospects for Success?" by Daniel Kurtzer. Foreign Policy, March 9, 2010. "Proximity Mean Close," by Gershon Baskin. The Jerusalem Post, March 9, 2010. Read More...

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J Street Joins VP Biden in Condemning New East Jerusalem Construction

March 9th, 2010

J Street joins Vice President Biden in condemning Israel's announcement of new East Jerusalem construction that only serves to hinder Middle East peace efforts, particularly as the Israelis and Palestinians begin proximity talks. As Vice President Biden said, this is "precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now." Read More...

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David Kimche

March 9th, 2010

J Street staff and the J Street community are deeply saddened to learn that former Israeli Foreign Ministry Director General and Mossad official David Kimche has passed away. Read More...

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Statement on Announcement of Proximity Talks

March 8th, 2010

J Street welcomes Senator Mitchell's announcement today that Israeli and Palestinian leadership have accepted proximity talks. This announcement is a positive development - but ending the conflict through a two-state solution will require continued strong American leadership to bridge differences and to support all sides in making difficult, but necessary compromises for peace. Read More...

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J Street & J Street U Reiterate Opposition to BDS, "Israel Apartheid Week"

March 1st, 2010

As "Israel Apartheid Week" begins on campuses across North America this week to advocate for boycotts, divestment, and sanctions against Israel, J Street and J Street U reiterate our strong opposition to the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Read More...

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J Street Education Fund Brings First Congressional Delegation to Mideast

February 24th, 2010

J Street’s educational arm, the J Street Education Fund, just wrapped up an exciting week-long Congressional Delegation to Israel, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority with five members of Congress. The trip exposed these key friends of Israel in Congress to complexity on the ground, divergent opinions, and first-hand controversy. Click here to read Jeremy Ben-Ami’s report back on the trip.  Additional Links: [Press Release: J Street Education Fund Congressional Mission Leaves for Mideast] [Congressional Delegation Press Coverage] [Congressional Delegation Controversy Fact Check] [Ayalon Clarifies Foreign Ministry's Position Toward J Street] [Photos] Read More...

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Ayalon Clarifies MFA Position Toward J Street, US Jewish Organizations

February 24th, 2010

In a Knesset debate, Deputy FM Ayalon stated that the Israeli Foreign Ministry "will treat [J Street] exactly as we will treat any other Jewish organization in the US, period." Read More...

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