Jeremy in NY Times: Resolving Conflict in Israeli and US Interests

April 21, 2010

Today, The New York Times ran a letter to the editor by J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami, highlighting the support in the American Jewish community for resolving the conflict – for both Israeli and American interests.

To the Editor:

President Obama’s understanding of the link between resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and America’s own national security interests finds broad support among American Jews.

American Jews are not a monolithic community represented by one voice. In fact, polling has consistently shown that a strong majority of American Jews understands the urgent need to achieve a two-state solution and supports this administration’s bold pursuit of that goal.

An analysis of the Obama administration’s calculus on Middle East policy should reflect that many in the Jewish community recognize that resolving the conflict is not only necessary to secure Israel’s future, but also critical to regional stability and American strategic interests.

Jeremy Ben-Ami
Washington, April 15, 2010

The writer is executive director of J Street, a pro-Israel, pro-peace lobby.