J Street opposes sequestration, would not make an exception for Israel

March 6th, 2013

“The sequestration is bad policy and an abrogation of congressional responsibility. We support US aid to Israel which has been so important in developing important programs like the Iron Dome missile defense system. But American and Israeli interests are best served by rejecting the cuts across the board and not by singling out Israel as an exception,” said J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. Read More...

Tags: Appropriations Congress Foreign Aid humanitarian aid

J Street Congratulates Secretary Hagel on his confirmation

February 26th, 2013

We congratulate Senator Chuck Hagel who was confirmed today by the Senate to become our nation's next Secretary of Defense - despite an unprecedented smear campaign intended to unjustly blacken his name and damage the presidency of Barack Obama. Read More...

Tags: Barack Obama Chuck Hagel Congress future of pro-israel pro-Israel pro-peace

J Street Condemns Attack on US Embassy

February 1st, 2013

We condemn today’s terrorist attack at the US Embassy in Ankara. Our hearts go out to those injured or killed in the attack and their loved ones. Read More...

Tags: extremism J Street terrorism

Smearer-in-Chief Turns Away J Street Bagels

January 15th, 2013

J Street activists delivered dozens of bagels and a check for $350 Tuesday to the Capital Area Food Bank as part of our “Smear a bagel, not Chuck Hagel” campaign. Read More...

Tags: Chuck Hagel J Street

Word on the Street: Israeli Election Edition

January 10th, 2013

With fewer than two weeks before the Israeli election, it looks as though Benjamin Netanyahu will almost certainly continue as prime minister – but little else is clear. It seems as if right-wing forces opposed to a two-state solution will gain strength, but so will supporters of a peace deal with a Palestinian state. Above all, we don’t know if the next government will be the most right-wing coalition in Israel’s history or if Netanyahu will try to construct an alliance of the center-right. Read More...

Tags: Avigdor Lieberman Bibi Netanyahu israel Israeli Elections J Street J Street Conference two-state solution Tzipi Livni

"The Gatekeepers" Shines Light on Moral Costs of West Bank Occupation

January 9th, 2013

A new Israeli film, nominated today for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, is offering a unique look into the country's past as seen through the eyes of six former directors of the Shin Bet security service -- and finds these former national security chiefs all deeply worried about the moral price the nation has paid for its occupation of Palestinian territories. Read More...

Tags: borders and security israel Open Conversation pro-Israel Security two-state solution

J Street Invites Activists to ‘Smear a Bagel, Not Chuck Hagel

January 9th, 2013

WASHINGTON - In the face of a vicious attack on the character of President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, J Street is launching a new campaign, "Smear a Bagel, not Chuck Hagel,” responding to the distortions of Hagel's opponents with humor. Read More...

Tags: Chuck Hagel J Street Jeremy Ben-Ami

Hagel will be valued voice of reason in Obama Cabinet

January 7th, 2013

J Street welcomes the nomination of former Senator Chuck Hagel to be the next Defense Secretary of the United States and feels confident he will be a great addition to President Obama's cabinet. We look forward to his speedy confirmation by the Senate. Read More...

Tags: Chuck Hagel Congress Display on Homepage israel J Street Obama pro-Israel pro-peace Security two-state solution US Interests