J Street did not oppose Congressional letters about the Gaza flotilla

November 30th, -0001

Myth:
J Street opposed congressional letters on the Gaza flotilla.

Fact:
J Street did not oppose the congressional letters about the flotilla incident but, rather, urged members of Congress to seek changes to the letters or write their own.

The sign-on letters circulated in the House and Senate, while expressing strong American support for Israel – a position we endorse – failed to address the impact of the closure of Gaza on the civilian population, the deep American interest in resolving this conflict diplomatically, or the urgency of moving forward with diplomacy before it is too late. By ignoring these critical issues in favor of a simplistic statement that supports Israeli policy and actions, the letters served neither the best interests of the United States or of Israel.

The complete J Street letter to members of Congress is available here.

J Street’s full statement that was issued the day of the flotilla incident is available here.