Statement on Escalation of US-Israel Tensions

March 15th, 2010

The recent escalation of tension between the US and Israel - sparked by Israel's announcement regarding 1600 housing units in East Jerusalem - is a matter of serious concern to J Street and Israel's friends generally. The United States is Israel's closest ally. Their special relationship is rooted in shared interests and values and enjoys broad bipartisan support in Washington and across the country. That is all the more reason why the Obama administration's reaction to the treatment of the Vice President last week and to the timing and substance of the Israeli government's announcement was both understandable and appropriate. Read More...

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J Street Condemns PA's Honoring of Terrorist

March 12th, 2010

J Street strongly condemns the decision by the Palestinian Authority to honor Dalal Mughrabi, the leader of a 1978 terror attack that murdered 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. By promoting incitement through the glorification of terrorists and their actions, this decision harms the prospects for a two-state solution and true peace and reconciliation with Israel. Read More...

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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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