Tell Your Senators: Support President Obama's Balanced Approach to the Mideast

August 3rd, 2009

Defenders of the unworkable status quo are whispering to the White House and Congress that supporting the President's thoughtful and balanced approach to the Middle East could hurt them politically. And they're supporting a sign-on letter in the Senate, authored by Senators Bayh (D-IN) and Risch (R-ID), that directly undercuts the President's policy, asking that President Obama press only Arab states.  The letter doesn't even mention the need for Israel to stop building settlements or for Palestinians to end incitement to violence against Israel! We know that the majority of Jewish Americans - and of Americans generally - support the President's balanced calls on Israel to freeze settlements, for the Palestinians to rein in violence and incitement, and for Arab states to take steps toward normalizing relations with Israel. Click here to urge your Senator to support changes to this one-sided letter so it reflects the President's balanced approach and specifically mentions his call for a complete Israeli settlement freeze. Read More...


The heat is on

July 31st, 2009

Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's Executive Director, takes a look at what follows a settlement freeze - and J Street activities during the past week. Read More...


Statement by Jewish American organizations on issues raised regarding construction in Jerusalem

July 29th, 2009

Unilateral actions that inflame tensions, impair negotiations and make the ultimate resolution of issues surrounding Jerusalem more difficult, are unhelpful and should be avoided at this particularly sensitive moment. Read More...


Statement on Bayh-Risch Senate letter

July 28th, 2009

J Street urges Senators to support President Obama's balanced approach to negotiations and encourage all sides to meet their responsibilities by making the difficult compromises necessary for peace. Read More...


J Street welcomes Rabbi Yoffie's comments on settlements, US-Israel relationship

July 24th, 2009

We share Yoffie's assessment that "settlement activity at the West Bank is not popular [in the United States]" and that "the status quo is deeply and profoundly problematic." Read More...


Statement on Pastor Hagee's remarks at the CUFI Conference

July 22nd, 2009

J Street strongly opposes Pastor John Hagee's recent comments encouraging Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to "grow and develop the settlements of Israel as you see fit." Read More...


Statement on Israeli construction in East Jerusalem

July 20th, 2009

J Street supports President Obama's call for adherence to past agreements, including a full construction freeze, as the Israeli government allows continued development in East Jerusalem. Read More...


Word on the Street: July 17th

July 17th, 2009

Jeremy reflects on an exciting week, including his meeting with President Obama, a possible settlement agreement, and our upcoming conference. Read More...