Elections in Israel: The Results

February 11th, 2009

Following Israel's recent elections, the Likud party, led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been tapped to form a government. Leading Israeli political analyst Akiva Eldar joined J Street to discuss the implications of the election for the peace process and the US-Israel relationship.  Check out J Street's statement on the elections here. Read More...

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Rep. Delahunt (D-MA) introduces resolution supporting Middle East Envoy George Mitchell

February 4th, 2009

Rep. Delahunt (D-MA) On February 4th, Congressman Delahunt introduced House Resolution 130 with 31 original co-sponsors from both parties praising the appointment of Senator George Mitchell as Special Envoy for Middle East Peace.  The resolution currently has 65 co-sponsors. "There's a fresh breeze blowing in Washington when it comes to American policy toward Israel and the Middle East," said Jeremy Ben-Ami, executive director of J Street, of the resolution introduced by Rep. William Delahunt (D-Ma). "This resolution and last week's letter to Secretary of State Clinton calling for humanitarian aid for Gaza demonstrate how broadly Congress supports the new administration's effort to engage constructively in resolving the difficult conflicts facing the Middle East and earning the trust once again of all the parties to those conflicts." J Street members - along with Brit Tzedek v'Shalom members - are calling their Representatives to encourage them to cosponsor House Resolution 130 here. You can view J Street's press release on the resolution's introduction here. Read More...

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60 Minutes under attack

January 29th, 2009

This past Sunday, 60 Minutes aired a powerful, thoughtful, and sobering report on the danger that Israeli settlements pose to the chances for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Watch the segment here. Since the airing of the segment, 60 Minutes' Bob Simon has been under attack for supposed "anti-Israel bias." CAMERA (the Orwellian-named Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America) alerted their activist network - flooding the 60 Minutes' offices and their advertisers with angry phone calls charging media bias. Jewish community leader Abe Foxman fired off a letter calling the piece a "hatchet job on Israel." J Street members are writing letters of support to Bob Simon here. Read More...

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