J Street Leadership Mission Leaves for Mideast

April 23, 2010

Delegation To Meet with Peres, Livni, Fayyad, Abdullah

JERUSALEM — This weekend, a delegation of J Street Education Fund leaders will embark on a week-long visit to the Middle East with the pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy organization, aimed at providing a more complex and nuanced understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The visit takes place on the heels of a productive and wide-ranging meeting between J Street founder and executive director Jeremy Ben-Ami and Israeli Ambassador to the United States Michael Oren. The delegation will arrive in Israel on Sunday, April 25th. Its packed itinerary includes meetings in Jerusalem and Ramallah, trips to Sderot, Tel Aviv and Hebron, and a visit to Jordan.

In Israel, the delegation will meet with President Shimon Peres and Israeli government officials, among them Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, as well as a range of members of Knesset, including Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni. In Jerusalem, the delegation will also meet with civil society leaders, including human rights activists and members of the settlement movement. In Ramallah, the group will meet with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad and a number of businessmen and civil society representatives. On Saturday they will travel to Jordan, where they will hold several meetings with His Highness King Abdullah and other high-ranking officials.

The J Street Education Fund is the educational arm of J Street, the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. J Street gives political voice to mainstream American Jews and other supporters of Israel who believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy. J Street promotes strong U.S. leadership to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian and Arab-Israeli conflicts and seeks to open up a broader debate and discussion on Israel in the American Jewish community.