Statement on Israeli Cabinet Decision Regarding Gaza Blockade

June 17th, 2010

J Street welcomes the Israeli cabinet's decision to "liberalize the system by which civilian goods enter Gaza." We've believed that the closure as implemented was not serving Israel's best interests, was strengthening Hamas' capabilities and hold on the Strip, and was imposing an unacceptable level of hardship on the civilian population. Read More...


J Street Letter to Congress Regarding Gaza Flotilla "Dear Colleagues"

June 15th, 2010

J Street sent a letter to House and Senate offices today, expressing concern that the "Dear Colleague" letters currently circulating regarding the Gaza flotilla incident "have been drafted primarily for domestic political consumption rather than to advance the U.S. interest in peace and security in the Middle East." Read More...


J Street Welcomes UN Security Council Passage of Iran Sanctions

June 9th, 2010

We commend President Obama and his team for their effort and this step in the right direction, and urge them to continue employing a dual track approach -- meaningful engagement plus multilateral sanctions -- to convince Iran to change course. Read More...


In Wake of Flotilla Tragedy, J Street Urges Stronger US Leadership to End Conflict Now

May 31st, 2010

Today, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement upon reports of an IDF clash with the Gaza Flotilla: "J Street is deeply shocked and saddened by reports that at least 10 civilians have been killed and dozens more wounded (including Israeli soldiers) this morning as Israel intercepted a naval convoy bringing humanitarian supplies and construction materials to the Gaza Strip. "We express our condolences to the families of those killed and we wish the injured a full and speedy recovery. We hope that leaders on all sides will take immediate steps to ensure that this incident does not escalate into a broader round of violence – in Israel, in Gaza, or in the region.There will undoubtedly be calls in the coming days for a UN investigation into today’s events. "A credible, independent commission appointed by the Israeli government should provide the world with a full and complete report into the causes and circumstances surrounding the day’s events and establish responsibility for the violence and bloodshed. "This shocking outcome of an effort to bring humanitarian relief to the people of Gaza is in part a consequence of the ongoing, counterproductive Israeli blockade of Gaza. J Street has been and continues to be opposed to the blockade – believing that there are better ways to ensure Israel’s security and to prevent weapons smuggling than a complete closure of the Gaza Strip. "We do not know yet what the impact of today’s incident will be on the just-restarted peace process, on Israel’s relations with the international community, or on the health of Arab-Jewish relations within Israel itself. "We do know, however, that today is one more nail in the coffin for hopes of ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict peacefully and diplomatically and for preserving Israel’s Jewish and democratic character. We urge President Obama and other international and regional leaders to take today’s terrible news as an opportunity to engage even more forcefully in immediate efforts to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Read More...


Netanyahu Invited to White House Next Week

May 26th, 2010

J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement after White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel invited Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to meet with President Obama next week. Read More...


Statement on UN Security Council Iran Sanctions Resolution

May 20th, 2010

J Street welcomes this week's announcement that the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and Germany have agreed on a working text on enhanced multilateral sanctions against Iran. Read More...


Statement on House Resolution 1359, Calling for Shalit's Release

May 18th, 2010

J Street applauds the introduction of House Resolution 1359, which is an important demonstration of bipartisan support not just for Gilad Shalit's immediate release, but for achieving a two-state resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and for a Jewish and democratic Israel within recognized and secure borders. Read More...


Peter Beinart's Wake-Up Call to the U.S. Jewish Establishment

May 17th, 2010

Jeremy Ben-Ami, President of J Street, reacts to Peter Beinart's recent essay entitled "The Failure of the American Jewish Establishment" in The New York Review of Books. Read More...