Congresswomen, Philanthropists Travel to Israel, West Bank to Advance Women's Leadership in Resolving Conflict

February 24th, 2012

WASHINGTON—This week, six Congresswomen joined14 leading women philanthropists on a six-day mission (February 18-24) to Israel and the West Bank in order to enrich their understanding of the many factors that shape the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and its prospects for resolution, and to hear firsthand about Israel and the region’s security concerns related to Iran. Read More...

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J Street and J Street U Joint Statement on “Israel Apartheid Week”

February 23rd, 2012

As in past years, J Street and J Street U are dismayed and troubled by the counterproductive rhetoric “Israel Apartheid Week” (IAW) brings to campuses across North America. J Street and J Street U believe that establishing a sovereign Palestine beside a secure Israel, ending the occupation of the Palestinian territories, and ensuring self-determination for the Palestinian people are matters of existential necessity for Israel and the Palestinian people, and of moral urgency more broadly. Read More...

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J Street statement on bombings in India, Georgia

February 13th, 2012

J Street is deeply concerned by the bombing of the Israeli diplomatic vehicle that took place today outside the Israeli Embassy in India and by the attempted bombing of another vehicle owned by a staff member of the Israeli Embassy in Georgia. Our thoughts are with the injured and their families, as we pray for their full recovery. J Street calls upon the international community to condemn any violence against the State of Israel, its officials and citizens anywhere in the world. Read More...

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Letter from Rachel Lerner, Vice-President of J Street Education Fund

February 10th, 2012

We have received some inquiries about our recent decision to release a statement of our own in response to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions conference that took place at the University of Pennsylvania, and not to sign on to a letter by other Jewish organizations. Below is an excerpt of a letter written by Rachel Lerner, Vice President of the J Street Education Fund, in response to one of these inquiries: Read More...

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The drums of war

February 10th, 2012

The drums for war with Iran sound more loudly with every passing day. Let’s acknowledge up front the very real and legitimate fear that this Iranian regime might acquire a nuclear weapon. Security – for Israel, Iran’s immediate neighbors and frankly for the world as a whole – must be the first and foremost concern in the discussion over what to do to prevent that from happening. Read More...

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Jeremy Ben-Ami responds to breakdown of Israeli-Palestinian talks - UPDATED

January 26th, 2012

WASHINGTON — J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement in response to the apparent failure of the latest round of Jordanian sponsored talks between Israel and the PLO: “J Street is gravely concerned by the apparent failure of the latest round of Jordanian-sponsored talks between Israel and the PLO. While no one had high expectations for these talks, no one should take satisfaction in seeing predicted failure come to pass. The interests at stake – for Israel, the Palestinians, Jordan, the US and the Quartet—are too serious and the consequences of failure too dire. Read More...

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What are the experts saying about Iran?

January 25th, 2012

American and Israeli security experts warn that a military strike on Iran would fail to stop its nuclear program, provide the Iranian regime with additional impetus to pursue a nuclear weapon, and risk igniting a regional war that would expose Israeli citizens and even Americans to devastating retaliation. J Street is today releasing a video featuring the views of former Mossad Directors Ephraim Halevy and Meier Dagan, former Israeli Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, and Middle East advisor to six U.S. Secretaries of State Aaron David Miller, among others, who have sought to challenge the facile assumptions and rhetoric of those arguing for war. It is required viewing for those who truly want to understand what is at stake for the United States and Israel in deciding how to prevent the rise of a nuclear-armed Iran. J Street believes that Iran obtaining nuclear weapons would pose a very serious threat to American and Israeli interests and to peace and stability in the Middle East and around the world. The United States has a fundamental interest, along with Israel and the international community, in preventing Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability, and J Street supports concrete American actions to address this threat. We support a comprehensive and multilateral approach, including sanctions and active diplomacy. Read More...

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