Statement in response to Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s Comments in the Forward on December 31

January 5th, 2009

J Street takes serious issue with Rabbi Eric Yoffie’s op-ed in the December 31st Forward, in which he attacks us for questioning the wisdom of the Gaza assault. Our position on the crisis reflects our support for Israel, our hope for its security and our sympathy with the ongoing suffering of the people on both sides in this conflict. It is hard for us to understand how the leading reform rabbi in North America could call our effort to articulate a nuanced view on these difficult issues “morally deficient.” If our views are “naïve” and “morally deficient”, then so are the views of scores of Israeli journalists, security analysts, distinguished authors, and retired IDF officers who have posed the same questions about the Gaza attack as we have. Read the rest of the statement. Read More...

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Statement by Jeremy Ben-Ami in response to Israeli Ground Invasion of Gaza

January 4th, 2009

J Street reiterates its call for strong and immediate American diplomatic leadership to bring an end to the violence through an immediate ceasefire. J Street unequivocally condemns Hamas’ indiscriminate firing of rockets into Israel and its use of terror against civilians over the years. We reiterate that J Street is deeply committed to Israel, its security and the safety of its citizens. However, as Americans and as friends and supporters of Israel, we do not believe the continuation of the present military operation is in the best interests of either the United States or Israel.  Rallies and protests in Iraq and Afghanistan in opposition to the Gaza now bring the conflict squarely into arenas where American troops are actively deployed.  Demonstrations throughout the Middle East and the Muslim world indicate that this week’s events are only further damaging America’s image, interests and relationships around the world. Read the rest of J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami's statement here. Click here to sign our petition calling strong U.S. leadership to bring about an immediate ceasefire, read our policy FAQ about the ongoing conflict, and find out what else you can do.  Read More...

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Statement by Jeremy Ben-Ami, Executive Director, on Israeli Airstrikes in Gaza

December 27th, 2008

While this morning's air strikes by Israeli Defense Forces in Gaza can be understood and even justified in the wake of recent rocket attacks, we believe that real friends of Israel recognize that escalating the conflict will prove counterproductive, igniting further anger in the region and damaging long-term prospects for peace and stability. Respecting Israel's right to defend itself, we urge leaders there to recognize that there is no military solution to what is fundamentally a political conflict between the Israeli and Palestinian peoples. Read the full statement here. Read More...

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Tell Malcolm Hoenlein: Denounce settler pogroms

December 15th, 2008

Prime Minister Olmert's description of the recent violent riot of Jewish settlers through Palestinian areas of the West Bank city of Hebron as a "pogrom" [1] is both powerful and disturbing. While many American Jewish organizations denounced the extremist settlers' actions - there was one notable omission: the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, the self-proclaimed "central coordinating body for American Jewry." [2] Despite public calls for a statement on the settlers' actions, the Conference, and its leader Malcolm Hoenlein, have refused. It's time to make our voices heard, particularly with other provocative settler actions and marches in the works. Click here to demand that the Conference of Presidents condemn the violent settler riots in Hebron. Read More...

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Tell Obama's team: Make Middle East diplomacy a priority

December 1st, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama has just introduced his new foreign policy team and reiterated his determination to chart a new course for American foreign policy, with diplomacy front and center.  The new administration inherits numerous challenges all across the globe - not least in the Middle East. A critical task facing the President-elect's new team will be deciding quickly where to focus limited time and energy. Resolving the Arab-Israeli and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts should be at the top of the list. There is no better way to put the President-elect's vision of new American leadership into action while repairing our image in the world than to engage early and actively in Middle East diplomacy. Will you write to President-elect Obama's incoming national security team right now asking them to prioritize efforts to bring about a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and comprehensive Arab-Israeli peace? Click here to send a message to Senator Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, General Jim Jones, Susan Rice, and the rest of Obama's national security team. Read More...

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American Jews support Obama with 78% of vote

November 5th, 2008

The verdict is in on the politics of fear when it comes to Israel and the Middle East. It didn't work. The overwhelming majority of American Jews chose hope yesterday, giving Barack Obama 78% of the Jewish vote, well ahead of John Kerry's 2004 total.  [1] This is more than an historic electoral victory.  It is our chance to deal a knock-out blow to the politics of fear when it comes to Israel and the Middle East. That's why we're collecting signatures on a letter to President-elect Obama to demonstrate the breadth of his mandate in our community for far-reaching change. Click here to tell President-elect Obama you chose hope over fear. To amplify our message, we ran a full-page ad in The New York Times stating that this election carries a promise of change in America and of hope, peace and security for Israel and the Middle East. Click here to view the ad and sign our letter. Read More...

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Stop Sarah Palin at non-partisan Iran rally

September 18th, 2008

Sarah Palin is scheduled to headline Monday's rally in New York of Americans Jews concerned about the threat Iran poses to the United States and Israel. Sarah Palin at a rally to unify American Jews on Iran? Really? Palin stands diametrically opposed to the majority of American Jews on nearly all issues - including on Iran. With just a few days left before the rally, we have no time to lose. Click here right now to tell rally organizer Malcolm Hoenlein that Monday's rally is no place for partisan politics. Read More...

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Does John McCain support a two-state solution?

September 4th, 2008

For the last decade, the United States has supported resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through a negotiated agreement leading to two states living side by side in peace and security. Does John McCain support the two-state solution? As of this moment, we honestly don't know. Not once during this campaign season have we been able to find John McCain committing to supporting, let alone promoting, a two-state solution.  For a guy who's running for President based on his reputation for straight talk and foreign policy credentials, the lack of a clear answer to this straightforward question is even more surprising. As John McCain accepts the Republican nomination for President this week, we're asking him to clarify his position. Will you help us get a straight answer? Click here to demand straight talk from John McCain on his support for Israel and the two-state solution. Read More...

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