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  • Polls show Obama won big among Jews. What next?

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 7, 2012 | 1:10 pm

    On Election Day, President Barack Obama won reelection with 50 percent of the national popular vote. In the Jewish community, support for the President was much greater – about 69 or 70 percent of American Jews, according to two exit polls of Jewish voters released on Nov. 7.

    The...

  • If I forget thee Jerusalem. Oops! The Democrats just did

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 5, 2012 | 3:55 am

    Why the Democrats have decided to omit Jerusalem from their party platform is utterly beyond me. ‎There is nothing more predictable than the ensuing attacks from the right following ‎such an omission. There's nothing more likely to trouble Jewish voters who still care ‎about Israel...

  • Physicist says he’ll send part of $3 million prize to J Street

    August 3, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    A physicist said he would probably donate part of the $3 million he won in a surprise award to J Street, the liberal pro-Israel group.

    Edward Witten, a professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton N.J., was one of nine physicists chosen by Yuri...

  • Emergency Committee for Israel raps Obama, J Street hits Romney in ads

    July 26, 2012 | 3:16 pm

    Liberal and conservative pro-Israel advocacy groups released ads targeting the presidential candidates.

    An ad released Thursday by the Emergency Committee for Israel that will appear in 23 Jewish newspapers includes quotes from Israeli, Palestinian and Jewish American officials...

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  • July 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 4, 2012 | 3:06 am

    In-depth

    Religiously Targeting Israel

    Mark Tooley of the Weekly Standard looks at the new efforts to enlist evangelicals and other religious Christians in the boycott, divestment and sanctions campaign against Israel.

    Increasingly, anti-Israel activists are targeting...

  • Israel Factor assessment: Dem vs. GOP, AIPAC vs. J Street

    By Shmuel Rosner

    July 3, 2012 | 2:49 pm

    Two quick nuggets from our latest Israel Factor survey (June 2012), before we send our panelists the next survey and forget all about it (by the way, any questions you’d like to ask our distinguished panel of Israeli experts? Send us an email).

    Once every couple of months we tend...

  • Boycott, divestment and sanctions put allies at odds

    July 3, 2012 | 12:27 pm

    As a long-time advocate for peaceful resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, I am pained that frustration over failure to achieve a just and lasting peace has led allies in the struggle to end up at odds over tactics like boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS).

    Two years...

  • Revived Israel Policy Forum aims to rise above partisan fray as a pragmatic pro-Israel voice

    June 19, 2012 | 10:20 am

    When President Bill Clinton chose in January 2001 to unveil his Clinton Parameters for Arab-Israel peacemaking, he chose an Israel Policy Forum gala to do it. Four years later, then-Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sought the same audience to announce then-Prime Minister...

  • Feinstein accepts J Street endorsement

    May 31, 2012 | 3:23 pm

    U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein accepted the endorsement of J Street’s political action committee.

    Feinstein (D-Calif.), who is seen as a mainstream pro-Israel politician, joins Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) and Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) as Senate...

  • April 23, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 23, 2012 | 4:57 am

    The Fantasy of Zero Nukes

    Obama’s dream of a nuclear-free world has failed to inspire most members of the ‎nuclear club, and certainly not Iran and its ambition to acquire such armaments, ‎writes Amitai Etzioni in the National Interest. ‎

    Iran seeks a nuclear weapon to deter...

  • House members urge Obama to advance 2-state solution

    April 12, 2012 | 7:41 am

    A J Street-backed letter from 74 Congressional lawmakers urged President Obama to reaffirm support for a two-state solution in the Middle East.

    The members of the U.S. House of Representatives, all Democrats, signed on to what was the key agenda item during J Street’s advocacy...

  • Leftist Israelis, Beinart’s boycott and the limits of negative messaging

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 6, 2012 | 12:57 pm

    When Peter Beinart proposed of a boycott of goods coming from the occupied territories, the most widely read responses came from American Jews—among them Sinai Temple’s Rabbi David Wolpe, Gary Rosenblatt of the New York Jewish Week and Barry Shrage of Boston’s Combined Jewish...

  • Amos Oz inspires J Street conference in Washington, D.C.

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 28, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    “The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is a pure tragedy of Greek proportions…because it is a clash between right and right…between two nations who have never known another homeland.”

    So said Amos Oz this week at the opening of the 3rd annual J Street Conference in Washington,...

  • Mission impossible

    By David Suissa

    March 27, 2012 | 4:27 pm

    After spending three days at the J Street conference in Washington, D.C., and hearing one speaker after another talk about the importance of a two-state solution, I’ve come to the conclusion that Jews are blessed with two attributes: one, an unlimited capacity to tolerate the...

  • J Street, Israel still arguing — but on friendlier terms

    March 27, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    The first Israeli government official ever to appear before J Street received a rousing, whistling, foot-stomping reception.

    And that was it, as far as the welcome went.

    The speech delivered on March 26 at J Street’s annual conference by Baruch Binah, the deputy chief of mission...

  • J Street pushing peace process letter, Iran envoy bill

    March 26, 2012 | 12:10 pm

    J Street is backing a congressional letter urging President Obama to actively pursue Israeli-Palestinian peace and a bill that would direct him to appoint a special Iran envoy.

    The two initiatives will be on the agenda of some 2,500 J Street activists attending this week’s...

  • ‘Many in J Street are pro-peace first and pro-Israel second’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 23, 2012 | 4:10 am

    Dr. Gilbert Kahn, professor of political science at Kean University, discusses J Street, its policies and its future.

    J Street is both a political vehicle and a form of identity, how do the two go together - or don’t they?

    J Street has become a form of identification, although at...

  • Biden’s national security adviser to address J Street

    March 20, 2012 | 12:45 pm

    Tony Blinken, Vice President Joe Biden’s national security adviser, will address this year’s J Street conference.

    Blinken will address a session on the U.S. role in resolving the Arab-Israel conflict and join a panel afterward discussing his remarks.

    Obama administration officials...

  • Opinion: The irrelevance of J Street

    March 19, 2012 | 12:12 pm

    In January 2009, flushed with the success of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, many on the left assumed that the new left-wing lobby J Street would soon be a major force in Washington. They thought that even if it did not replace AIPAC as the voice of American Jewry on...

  • Letters to the Editor: Dennis Prager, religion in politics, J Street

    March 14, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    Prager’s ‘Golden Calf’ Column Provokes Response

    Dennis Prager’s latest jeremiad (“Our Golden Calf,” March 9) reaches new depths of absurdism. His tired and ludicrous mantra that “leftism” is the cause of humanity’s ills can’t be taken seriously. In one fell...

  • American Jews need J Street

    February 29, 2012 | 1:07 pm

    As founders and leaders of J Street U college and university chapters, we expected the hardest part of our work to be confronting issues on campus like divestment at UC Berkeley, an unwillingness to engage with Israel at Occidental, or a polarized conversation at UCLA that had grown...

  • This “Apartheid Week,” pro-Israel voices on left and right speak up [VIDEO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    February 28, 2012 | 2:35 pm

    It’s Israel Apartheid Week, when college campuses across America are overtaken by paper-mache walls, cardboard tanks and a whole lot of criticism of the Jewish state. Do you know where the voices speaking up for Israel are?

    They’re all over the map.

    Tonight, a film called...

  • Must Read, January 20, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    January 20, 2012 | 2:18 am

    Groups that demonize Israel place themselves outside the tent

    Writing for jweekly.com, Natan Nestel takes aim at J Street, claiming that its stance on Israel should make it unwelcome in Jewish circles.

    “What’s common to J Street U events is not a balanced, thoughtful discussion of...

  • Berkeley Hillel leaders urge students to reconsider J Street rejection

    December 12, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Hillel leaders at the University of California, Berkeley, are urging the Jewish Student Union on campus to reconsider its rejection of J Street’s campus affiliate.

    The Jewish Student Union, an umbrella body for UC Berkeley Jewish student groups, voted last month to deny membership...

  • Books: The J Street Zionist

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 17, 2011 | 9:55 am

    “Israel’s existence is in fact threatened by a progressive, terminal illness,” Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder of J Street, writes in “A New Voice for Israel: Fighting for the Survival of the Jewish Nation” (Palgrave Macmillan: $26).  According to his diagnosis, the illness is a...

  • Dovish J Street undecided on ADL-AJC Israel “Unity Pledge”

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    October 28, 2011 | 12:00 pm

    UPDATED: The headline of this post has been changed from an earlier version (“J Street rejects ‘Unity Pledge’ on Israel, joining Right-wing groups”) at the request of J Street staff. According to J Street Director of Media and Communications Jessica Rosenblum, the...

  • MK Einat Wilf outlines new Israeli contract with the Jewish world

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 12, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Talking to a journalist before an event on Sept. 6, Einat Wilf, a Member of Knesset in Ehud Barak’s Independence Faction, trotted out an old Israeli joke.

    In Israel, Wilf said, “A third of Israelis serve in the army, a third of Israelis work, and a third of Israelis pay taxes...

  • J Street opposes Palestinian statehood bid

    September 8, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The liberal Jewish group J Street opposes Palestinian efforts to achieve statehood recognition through the United Nations, as well as plans to penalize the Palestinians for making the bid.

    “We believe that everything J Street stands for and what we do needs to promote the two-state...

  • J Street, the book—expect more controversy

    July 19, 2011 | 11:55 am

    If there’s one thing J Street is good at, it’s getting attention.

    Supporters, critics and relatively neutral observers all have conspired—with plenty of prodding from J Street’s own aggressive communications operation—to shine an intense media spotlight on the self-described...

  • Netanyahu won’t meet with visiting congressional delegation

    June 6, 2011 | 2:29 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not meet with a visiting congressional delegation visiting under J Street auspices.

    Jeremy Ben-Ami, who directs the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group, confirmed Monday that the prime minister and other senior government...

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