Gilad Shalit

October 5th, 2009

Watching video of Gilad Shalit last week, we felt a sense of relief that he is alive, that the Israeli government is working to secure his immediate release, and a spark of hope that he may yet come home safe and sound. Read More...

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Statement on P5+1 Talks with Iran

October 1st, 2009

J Street supports President Obama in his remarks today, and his strategy generally, for addressing the serious challenges and threats posed by Iran. Serious, meaningful diplomatic engagement - by a united international community - is a critical first step in preventing the development of Iranian nuclear weapons. However, talks alone are not enough. Read More...

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160 Members of Congress to Host J Street Gala

September 30th, 2009

One hundred and sixty members of Congress will serve on the honorary host committee for J Street's first annual Gala Dinner this October in Washington, DC. Senator Chuck Hagel will keynote the Gala and J Street co-founder Victor Kovner will be honored at the capstone event of J Street's national conference. Read More...

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A step in the right direction

September 24th, 2009

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's Executive Director, weighs in on this news heavy week - and what it means for the future of President Obama's two-state solution push. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes President Obama's Remarks at UNGA

September 23rd, 2009

President Obama's exceptionally balanced and pragmatic speech this morning at the United Nations General Assembly struck exactly the right tone as he pledged his unwavering commitment to Israel's security and the establishment of a Palestinian state. Read More...

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J Street Denounces Iranian President

September 23rd, 2009

In the strongest possible terms, J Street condemns the views and actions of the President of Iran and, in particular, his recent Holocaust denial and threats to Israel. We urge the member nations of the United Nations to unite in condemnation of President Ahmadinejad, the fact that he considers his Holocaust denial a "source of pride," his vicious anti-Israel rhetoric, and his regime's brutal repression of its own people's human rights. Read More...

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Obama Holds Meeting with Netanyahu and Abbas

September 22nd, 2009

President Obama just held his first trilateral meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas. We couldn't say it better than the President himself: "It is past time to talk about starting negotiations -- it is time to move forward.... Despite all the obstacles, despite all the history, despite all the mistrust, we have to find a way forward.  We have to summon the will to break the deadlock that has trapped generations of Israelis and Palestinians in an endless cycle of conflict and suffering.  We cannot continue the same patter of taking tentative steps forward and then stepping back.  Success depends on all sides acting with a sense of urgency." Wide gaps still exist between the parties, and it is only with bold US leadership that we'll be able to bridge those divides and bring true peace and security to Israel, the Palestinians, and the entire region.  J Street's full statement on the trilateral meeting is available below the fold.   Read More...

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Statement on US-Israeli-Palestinian trilateral meeting

September 22nd, 2009

J Street welcomes today's trilateral meeting and applauds President Obama's serious commitment to personally engage in a sustained and active pursuit of a negotiated, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Read More...

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