Senator Feinstein (D-CA) authors letter praising President's vision for Middle East peace

February 25th, 2009

On his second day in office, President Obama appointed George Mitchell, the broker of Northern Ireland peace, to serve as his Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. Then, 66 Members of the House of Representatives signed onto a resolution endorsing Mitchell and the President's vision for Middle East Peace - more than have endorsed any other pro-Israel, pro-peace Resolution in years. Now, it's the Senate's turn. Then, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) circulated a letter to her colleagues endorsing the trip and President Obama’s vision of a new era of engagement and peacemaking. With J Street and other allies in the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement encouraging members of the Senate to sign the letter, Senator Feinstein sent the letter this week with a total of 33 signatures, including her own. Read the letter here. Read More...

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Elections in Israel: The Results

February 11th, 2009

Following Israel's recent elections, the Likud party, led by former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been tapped to form a government. Leading Israeli political analyst Akiva Eldar joined J Street to discuss the implications of the election for the peace process and the US-Israel relationship.  Check out J Street's statement on the elections here. Read More...

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J Street applauds President Obama's pick of Senator George Mitchell for Middle East Envoy

January 22nd, 2009

Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director of J Street, issued the following statement welcoming Senator George Mitchell's appointment to the role of Special Envoy to the Middle East for the Obama Administration: "J Street enthusiastically welcomes President Barack Obama's appointment of former Senator George Mitchell as Middle East Envoy." "The choice of Senator Mitchell signals the President's serious intention to inject new thinking and fresh perspectives into America's efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict." Click here to read the rest of our statement. J Street members are also thanking President Obama for his choice for Middle East envoy. Join us in sending a "thank you" message to President Obama by clicking here. Read More...

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J Street statement on ceasefire in Gaza

January 18th, 2009

We welcome the decision on Saturday, January 17th, by the Israeli cabinet to bring an end to military operations in Gaza. We hope this means an end to the rocket fire out of Gaza into Israel and relief for all the civilians who have suffered during this latest round fighting. We also welcome the January 16th agreement between Israel and the United States for enhanced cooperation to end the smuggling of weapons into Gaza. We hope that this ceasefire will provide the necessary time for Egypt and other international actors to work out the final details of a negotiated agreement that not only stops the rockets and the weapons smuggling, but opens up the crossings into Gaza for shipments of food, fuel, medical supplies, and other basic necessities. For Israel to achieve long-term peace and security, there is no alternative to further hard diplomacy and negotiation to resolve the underlying Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  As this round of violence draws to a close, we urge the new American President together with Congress to look for ways to turn this crisis into an opportunity for fresh approaches to address the deeper, long-running conflict. Click here to read the rest of the statement. Read More...

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Dan Rather profiles J Street

January 16th, 2009

Watch a short clip of the Dan Rather Reports episode below, or download the full episode from iTunes here.   Read More...

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J Street Urges Clinton to Reverse Diplomatic Disengagement, Make Resolution of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Immediate Priority

January 13th, 2009

As the United States Senate Foreign Affairs Committee holds confirmation hearings today to consider the nomination of Senator Hillary Clinton to be Secretary of State, J Street is urging Senators to press Senator Clinton to make resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict an urgent priority of the new Administration starting on day one. Click here to read the full statement. Read More...

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Responding to the Gaza crisis

January 6th, 2009

Here are a few things you can do right now to advocate for strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Sign our "Ceasefire Now!" petition to demand that the United States intervene to bring about an immediate resumption of the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. We're already using the petition numbers in conversations with President-elect Obama's transition team and Congressional leaders. Click here to sign our petition right now. Read our blog for J Street's statements and responses to the Gaza crisis. Click here to go to our "Word on the Street" blog. Read a collection of 44 thoughtful Congressional statements about the Gaza crisis. Click here to see an index of the statements. Equip yourself to talk about Gaza with friends and family. We're the first to admit that it's not simple to talk with friends and family who hold a different position than you on the recent violence in Gaza. So we've taken a few minutes to develop answers to some frequently asked questions about recent events. Click here to check out our FAQ. Get local. Brit Tzedek v'Shalom, a partner in the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement that focuses on grassroots organizing and persuasion, has dozens of local chapters all over the country. Click here to connect with a local Brit Tzedek v'Shalom chapter near you. Download, print out, and put up J Street's "Ceasefire Now!" flyer in your office, dorm room, or home to show your support for pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-ceasefire policies. Click here to download our flyer. Donate. Contributions of any amount will help us get our pro-Israel, pro-peace, pro-ceasefire message out effectively. Click here to make a gift to support our work. Read More...

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Statement in response to Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s Comments in the Forward on December 31

January 5th, 2009

J Street takes serious issue with Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s op-ed in the December 31st Forward, in which he attacks us for questioning the wisdom of the Gaza assault. Our position on the crisis reflects our support for Israel, our hope for its security and our sympathy with the ongoing suffering of the people on both sides in this conflict. It is hard for us to understand how the leading reform rabbi in North America could call our effort to articulate a nuanced view on these difficult issues “morally deficient.” If our views are “naïve” and “morally deficient”, then so are the views of scores of Israeli journalists, security analysts, distinguished authors, and retired IDF officers who have posed the same questions about the Gaza attack as we have. Read the rest of the statement. Read More...

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