J Street Executive Director Jeremy Ben-Ami released the following statement today:
J Street notes with concern the resolutions discussed and passed yesterday at the United Nations Human Rights Council. J Street has consistently called for the UNHRC to take a more even-handed approach to the Middle East and to mature beyond its excessive singling out of Israel for criticism. We appreciate the lead taken by the United States and certain allies, notably in Europe, in advocating for such an approach within the UNHRC and in opposing measures which fall into this category of excess. There are appropriate international fora, including UN bodies, to discuss, debate and call for an end to settlement construction and expansion. Such calls are in line with J Street’s support as a matter of principle for a viable two-state solution as being in the vital interests of securing Israel’s future as a democratic state that is the national home for the Jewish people, and in viewing settlement expansion as an obstacle to achieving that urgent goal.