As J Street turns four, the once-brash, -rebellious child in the world of pro-Israel advocacy is quickly growing up to become a more mature, more moderate part of the pro-Israel community in the United States. Although it’s not yet part of the pro-Israel “establishment,” dominated by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, J Street is well on its way to joining this powerful club.
The price it must pay for doing so, however, is too high for some on the left. As J Street gains mainstream acceptance, it risks losing its left-wing credentials. Already, many critics are asking: has J Street moved too far to the center?