J Street Calls for Passage of Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009 (IRPSA)

December 7th, 2009

"J Street has consistently supported President Obama in his efforts to engage Iran diplomatically and to resolve issues relating to its nuclear program through negotiations," said Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street's Executive Director. "However, in the face of Iran's continued defiance of the international community and its rejection of the most recent diplomatic offer on nuclear enrichment, we believe the time has come to pass the Iran sanctions legislation currently pending in the House of Representatives." Read More...


J Street Calls for Stronger American Engagement to Stop Provocative Actions in Jerusalem

December 4th, 2009

J Street is deeply concerned about increasing tension in Jerusalem and provocative actions being taken by the Israeli government and settler groups there that threaten prospects for agreement on the city's status and borders as part of a negotiated two-state solution. Read More...


J Street Reacts to Israeli Settlement Announcement

November 25th, 2009

J Street shares the Obama administration's hope that today's announcement by the Israeli government on settlement construction will allow a focus in the coming months on establishing a two-state solution and advancing toward comprehensive Israeli-Arab peace. Senator Mitchell is correct to note that in halting some settlement construction for a limited time, this Israeli government has taken a step forward. However, this is not the full settlement freeze called for by the United States and does not address the deteriorating situation in East Jerusalem. Read More...


J Street responds to Sarah Palin's comments on settlements

November 18th, 2009

J Street rejects Sarah Palin's comments attacking President Obama's sensible policy on Israeli settlements in the West Bank yesterday during an ABC News interview with Barbara Walters. Read More...


J Street Statement on Approval of New Gilo Construction

November 17th, 2009

J Street shares the White House’s dismay at the approval by the Jerusalem Planning Committee of 900 new housing units in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo. Read More...


J Street responds to Emanuel, Netanyahu remarks at GA

November 10th, 2009

J Street applauds White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's strong remarks this morning at the General Assembly, underscoring the Obama administration's continued commitment to end the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Arab conflicts peacefully and diplomatically, as well as to the unbreakable US-Israel relationship. A strong US-Israel relationship means not only working to ensure Israel's security in the short-term, but also working to achieve a two-state solution that is essential to Israel's long-term security and future. Read More...


Statement on Israeli Interception of Arms Ship in Mediterranean

November 5th, 2009

Yesterday's interception by the Israeli navy of a ship carrying weapons, believed to be intended for Hezbollah and sent by Iran, underscores the very real security threats Israel faces on a daily basis. It highlights, as well, the need for vigorous efforts by Israel, the United States, and the international community to combat weapons smuggling in the region - which J Street firmly supports. Read More...


Statement on Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Mideast Peace Process

November 2nd, 2009

J Street reiterates its strong support for President Barack Obama's commitment to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a two-state solution and comprehensive regional peace during his first term in office - and for his belief that all parties have obligations to fulfill if we are to reach a resolution. Read More...