J Street Opposes Roskam-Vargas Trade Bill That Undermines US and Israeli Interests

April 22nd, 2015

J Street is adamantly opposed to the Global Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. We’ve worked consistently, particularly on college campuses, to oppose BDS efforts that are often thinly-veiled attempts to delegitimize Israel. We view the Roskam-Vargas “U.S.-Israel Trade and Commercial Enhancement Act” (H.R.825) as not simply unhelpful to the effort to combat Global BDS, but contrary to longstanding US policy opposing settlement of the territory occupied by Israel in the 1967 Six Day War. Read More...

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J Street Marks Yom HaZikaron and Yom Ha’atzmaut

April 21st, 2015

This Yom HaZikaron, we commemorate a day that is deeply personal for every Israeli--whose parents, children, brothers and sisters lie in military cemeteries in towns and cities across the country. Even since last year, dozens have died fighting in the Gaza Strip and on Israel’s borders, or as victims of rocket attacks and terrorism. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Compromise on Iran Agreement Review Bill

April 15th, 2015

J Street welcomes the compromise reached between members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 (S.615). Under the compromise that won unanimous support in the committee, key provisions in the original draft, that had threatened to kill the nuclear negotiations with Iran, were removed. We also welcome the White House's openness to signing the bill in its new, benign form into law. Read More...

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Leading Arab, Jewish and Iranian Groups Jointly Welcome Framework for Preventing Nuclear-Armed Iran

April 6th, 2015

The Arab American Institute (AAI), J Street, and the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) issued the following joint statement regarding the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action framework struck by Iran and the P5+1: We congratulate President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and the US negotiating team for successfully reaching an historic agreement that provides a framework for preventing a nuclear-armed Iran and averts a disastrous war. While there is much work to be done to address our remaining concerns regarding Iran's objectionable policies, reaching a final agreement by June on the nuclear issue is an important step to enhancing American and regional security. Read More...

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A Historic Framework for Nuclear Negotiations with Iran

April 2nd, 2015

J Street welcomes the historic framework for a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action reached in international negotiations on Iran's nuclear program. Read More...

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J Street Welcomes Congressional Letter Reaffirming Support of Two-State Solution

March 31st, 2015

J Street welcomes Members of Congress standing alongside President Obama as he seeks to right the US-Israel special relationship after deeply troubling statements by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Read More...

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J Street welcomes diversity of views, voices at national conference; organization’s positions on key issues unchanged

March 20th, 2015

“We have always encouraged open debate at our conferences, and this year is no exception,” said Vice President for Communications, Alan Elsner. “We believe the long-term health of the Jewish community requires open debate of critical issues. That’s why we welcome speakers, some of whom may express views which we do not endorse. Vigorous debate strengthens our community and our delegates need to hear as wide a range of thoughts as possible.” Read More...

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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to Keynote J Street’s Fifth National Conference

March 19th, 2015

J Street announced today that White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough will address more than 3,000 J Street conference attendees just six days after the Israeli election and as nuclear negotiations with Iran near a climax. Read More...

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