Stand with Obama on Israel and Iran

April 30th, 2009

The battle lines are emerging clearly around President Obama's Middle East agenda.  The President intends to achieve a negotiated resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict in his first term and to address the challenges Iran poses through diplomacy. His opponents, meanwhile, are trying to rally Congress to thwart his agenda. With one hand they're opposing the President's proposed approach to working with a possible Palestinian unity government; with the other, they are proposing aggressive new sanctions on Iran just as diplomatic outreach begins. Click here to take action and tell your representatives that you support President Obama's Mideast agenda. Read More...

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J Street Marks Israeli Independence Day

April 29th, 2009

As Israel celebrates Yom Ha'atzmaut, its Independence Day, J Street released the following statement: "Today, we proudly join President Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the Israeli people in marking the 61st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel and in honoring the country’s founders.   Click here to read more. Read More...

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J Street statement on Durban II

April 20th, 2009

J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement on the United States' decision to boycott this week's Durban Review Conference (Durban II): J Street reiterates its strong support of President Obama and his Administration's decision not to participate in this week's Durban II Conference Read More...

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J Street statement on Bat Ayin terrorist attack

April 2nd, 2009

J Street’s Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami issued the following statement following reports of a terrorist attack in the Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin: J Street strongly condemns today's brutal terrorist attack that left a 13-year-old dead and another 7-year-old child seriously wounded in the Israeli settlement of Bat Ayin. Read More...

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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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