Fayyad’s Resignation Sign of Urgent Need for Diplomatic Progress

April 15th, 2013

J Street regrets the resignation this weekend of Palestinian Prime Minister Salaam Fayyad, who made such significant contributions to the cause of peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians. His commitment to non-violence, building the institutions of Palestinian statehood, good governance and rooting out corruption will be sorely missed. Read More...

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Obama Speech Makes Clear Israel will have no Security without Peace

March 22nd, 2013

The President advanced the argument that Israel's long-term security depends on achieving peace, and that peace is necessary, just and possible. He also made clear that "neither occupation nor expulsion is the answer." Read More...

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J Street Hails Obama Speech as Historic Moment for Mideast

March 21st, 2013

"President Obama's speech is the most powerful moment the region has seen in many years. He laid out a courageous vision for the future and called on ordinary people to push their political leaders to make it happen," said J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. Read More...

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Twenty-Seven Senators Call for “Sustained, US Diplomatic Initiative” for Two-State Solution

March 19th, 2013

On the eve of President Obama’s trip to Israel, 27 Senators have signed on to a letter authored by California Senator Dianne Feinstein calling for a sustained US diplomatic initiative to help forge a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians based on a two-state solution. J Street supports the letter and its national leaders are on Capitol Hill today lobbying Senators to sign it. Read More...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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"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...

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