Change Course in Gaza

June 9th, 2010

In the wake of last week's flotilla tragedy, the United States, Israel and Egypt seem to be grasping just how counterproductive the present blockade of Gaza has been. Hamas is stronger, Gilad Shalit remains captive and rockets still fall on Israel.  Of course that hasn't stopped Glenn Beck, Liz Cheney, and the American "Israel-right-or-wrong" chorus from circling the wagons to defend the blockade in its current form. It's time for the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement to say clearly: the present blockade has been wrong - strategically and morally - and it's time to change course in Gaza. The blockade of Gaza hasn't simply failed, it's undercut the goals it was meant to achieve: Hamas remains heavily armed and its hold on the Strip is as strong as ever, while the people of Gaza suffer - and they and the world blame not Hamas but Israel and the United States. Click here to sign our letter to Secretary Clinton, Israeli Ambassador Oren, and Egyptian Ambassador Shourky, urging the US, Israel and Egypt to pursue a saner policy towards Gaza. [Gaza Flotilla Resource Page] [J Street Gaza/Hamas Policy Page] [Gaza Blockade Q&A] Read More...


Turning Tragedy into Action

June 1st, 2010

Rarely have we felt as much emotion as in the hours since the tragedy off Gaza's shores. Few among our supporters lack for an opinion or an emotional response - which is natural, human and reflects the diversity of viewpoints in our movement. But today our focus must turn to the future - toward the meaningful action needed to resolve this conflict. Moments of great tragedy provide a rare opportunity for focus, clarity, and action. True leaders rise to challenges at times like this -and we look to ours, in particular to President Barack Obama. Click here to join us in an open letter demanding Presidential leadership to end the conflict now. We have had enough of actions and reactions that set back the cause of peace and security for all the people of the region. Now is the time to demonstrate overwhelming support for determined leadership to immediately end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. We need the President to lead the way to an end - a real and immediate end - to this tragic conflict. [ACTION: Sign the open letter to the President.] [ONE PAGER: Read J Street's full position on the Gaza Flotilla and its aftermath.] [Q&A: Questions and Answers on the Gaza Flotilla.] [Q&A: Questions and Answers on the Gaza Blockade.] [POLICY: Read J Street's Policy on Gaza, Hamas and the Blockade.] [MORE RESOURCES: Editorials, Congressional Statements, and more.]  Read More...


In Wake of Flotilla Tragedy, J Street Urges Stronger US Leadership to End Conflict Now

May 31st, 2010

Today, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement upon reports of an IDF clash with the Gaza Flotilla: "J Street is deeply shocked and saddened by reports that at least 10 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded (including Israeli soldiers) this morning as Israel intercepted a naval convoy bringing humanitarian supplies and construction materials to the Gaza Strip. "We express our condolences to the families of those killed and we wish the injured a full and speedy recovery. We hope that leaders on all sides will take immediate steps to ensure that this incident does not escalate into a broader round of violence – in Israel, in Gaza, or in the region.There will undoubtedly be calls in the coming days for a UN investigation into today’s events. "A credible, independent commission appointed by the Israeli government should provide the world with a full and complete report into the causes and circumstances surrounding the day’s events and establish responsibility for the violence and bloodshed. "This shocking outcome of an effort to bring humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza is in part a consequence of the ongoing, counterproductive Israeli blockade of Gaza. J Street has been and continues to be opposed to the blockade – believing that there are better ways to ensure Israel’s security and to prevent weapons smuggling than a complete closure of the Gaza Strip. "We do not know yet what the impact of today’s incident will be on the just-restarted peace process, on Israel’s relations with the international community, or on the health of Arab-Jewish relations within Israel itself. "We do know, however, that today is one more nail in the coffin for hopes of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically and for preserving Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. We urge President Obama and other international and regional leaders to take today’s terrible news as an opportunity to engage even more forcefully in immediate efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Read More...


Congress: Two States in US, Israeli National Interests

May 28th, 2010

This week, Representatives Bill Delahunt (D-MA), Ron Kind (D-WI), David Price (D-NC) and Vic Snyder (D-AR) joined 57 other members of Congress in sending a letter to President Obama, supporting the Administration's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution because it is in American and Israeli national security interests. Read More...


Critical letter circulating now in the Senate

May 27th, 2010

Huge news for our movement - Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) just started circulating a sign on letter in the Senate supporting recently launched Israeli-Palestinian proximity talks and the Administration's bold leadership towards a two-state solution. With Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu coming to Washington on Tuesday to meet President Obama and the Administration approaching a critical decision in the coming months about how strongly they'll pursuepeace, this is EXACTLY the right time for our movement to stand up strong in support of Feinstein's pro-Israel, pro-peace letter. [Clickhere to urge your Senators to sign.] [Click here to read the letter.] Read More...


Netanyahu Invited to White House Next Week

May 26th, 2010

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement after White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama next week. Read More...


Statement on UN Security Council Iran Sanctions Resolution

May 20th, 2010

J Street welcomes this week's announcement that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany have agreed on a working text on enhanced multilateral sanctions against Iran. Read More...


Statement on House Resolution 1359, Calling for Shalit's Release

May 18th, 2010

J Street applauds the introduction of House Resolution 1359, which is an important demonstration of bipartisan support not just for Gilad Shalit's immediate release, but for achieving a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for a Jewish and democratic Israel within recognized and secure borders. Read More...