Our Support For Israel


 

  • MYTH: J Street is not truly supportive of Israel.

  • FACT: We are devoted and committed to Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic homeland living within secure and internationally recognized borders. The issue is: How do we get there? We believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the single best chance we have to secure this future.

    We believe in the Zionist ideal on which Israel was founded—that of a Jewish homeland where Jews can always go to be secure. We hope that Israel will live up to and represent the core Jewish values of justice, equality and democracy.

    We do not believe that agreeing with everything the current Israeli government does should be the litmus test for what it means to be pro-Israel.

    We believe, like many American supporters of Israel, in a big-tent concept of what it means to be pro-Israel. We are also hopeful that our efforts will encourage more Americans, especially young Americans, who have previously been uncomfortable with describing themselves as pro-Israel, to find a home in our vision of what it means to be pro-Israel.

  • MYTH: J Street is out of touch with the majority of American Jews.

  • FACT: Polling shows that J Street’s positions are in step with those of the vast majority of American Jews.

    Like J Street, American Jews support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, by 79%, according to a 2012 election night survey by GBA Strategies and commissioned by J Street, and by 53%, according to a 2012 poll by the Public Religion Research Institute. Like J Street, American Jews support US leadership to help Israel and the Palestinians reach a peace agreement by 81%, according to GBA Strategies. According to a 2012 poll by Zogby Research Services, 50% of American Jews believe that peace would be more likely if the US demonstrated clear resolve to push for a deal.


  • MYTH: J Street U decided not to refer to itself as pro-Israel.

  • FACT: J Street U chapters prominently advertise themselves as pro-Israel, and have never decided to drop the term.

    J Street U’s pro-Israel doesn’t have an anti. The students are very cognizant that support for a Palestinian state is a pro-Israel position, making the group both pro-Israel and pro-Palestinian.

    When these erroneous press reports first came out, J Street U issued a number of statements reaffirming its pledge to being pro-Israel. It stressed that the single most pro-Israel position one can take is to be firmly committed to the achievement of a two-state solution. You can view them here and here on J Street U's website.