Democratic Presidential Candidates To Be Interviewed on Foreign Policy, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict at J Street Conference

Major Gathering of American Jews Will Host Lineup Including Bennet, Buttigieg, Castro, Klobuchar and Sanders

October 16, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC — J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans, announced today that the group’s upcoming 2019 National Conference will feature in-depth interviews on foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Democratic presidential candidates including Sen. Michael Bennet, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

On Sunday, October 27th and Monday, October 28th at Washington DC’s Convention Center, the candidates will be interviewed individually live on-stage by former Obama administration national security officials Ben Rhodes and Tommy Vietor, the co-hosts of Crooked Media’s Pod Save the World podcast.

“We’re excited that these presidential candidates will be sharing their visions for the future of US foreign policy with thousands of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” said J Street’s president Jeremy Ben-Ami. “As our movement works to help defeat Donald Trump, we want to hear how those running to replace him in the White House plan to revitalize diplomacy, confront the global threat of rising ethno-nationalism and promote a more just and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians.”

The conference, one of the largest annual gatherings of American Jews, will be held from October 26-29th and will feature leading activists, policymakers and experts discussing the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East. Taking place in close proximity to the formation of the next Israeli government and the potential release of the Trump administration’s so-called ‘peace vision’, it will rally thousands of American Jews and progressive allies in support of diplomacy-first foreign policy and liberal democratic values. On Tuesday, October 29th, attendees will head to Capitol Hill to discuss their advocacy priorities with Members of Congress.

“While many in the Trump administration seem eager to exacerbate conflict and drag us into war, now is the time for Democrats to chart a smart, principled and effective course for US foreign policy,” Rhodes said. “With its strong support for the Iran nuclear agreement and the two-state solution, J Street has been a leading advocate for diplomacy. We can’t wait to join them to dive into these issues with the presidential contenders,” said Vietor.

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