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  • J Street delineates why it pulled out of Boston pro-Israel rally

    1 week ago

    J Street withdrew from a pro-Israel rally in Boston because it did not feel the rally would address all the group’s concerns.

    The liberal Jewish Middle East lobbying group, a constituent of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, publicized its stance on the...

  • J Street still strong at national summit

    June 12, 2014 | 9:06 am

    The latest round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks may have broken down, and the gap between the parties might be wider than ever, but that’s no reason not to try, try again — and it’s still up to the United States to take the lead.

    That was the message opening night at J...

  • As Presbyterians again weigh divestment, Jewish groups lobby, warn and worry

    June 3, 2014 | 7:14 pm

    Which way will Presbyterians go this time?

    That’s a question Jewish groups and their Presbyterian allies are nervously asking as they work to head off divestment efforts within the church targeting Israel. The fear is the efforts could pass this time after a narrow defeat two...

  • Letters to the editor: J Street students, sharia and inclusion

    May 28, 2014 | 9:43 am

    A Word From J Street Student

    As a student leader of J Street U at the Claremont Colleges, I feel obliged to respond to David Suissa’s recent column, “J Street’s Real Failure.” 

    I have relatives living in Beersheba and have heard from them firsthand the terror of living under...

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  • Letters to the editor: J Street and Tel Aviv

    May 21, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Left, Right and U-Turns on J Street

    David Suissa’s article “J Street’s Real Failure” (May 16) was full of factual errors and falsehoods, and he was also wrong in his overall argument. 

    As Suissa should know, because he spoke at the J Street National Conference, J Street opposes...

  • J Street’s real failure

    By David Suissa

    May 14, 2014 | 10:52 am

    Just when J Street’s reason-for-being, a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, fell into a deep coma, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations gave the “pro-peace, pro-Israel” group new life by rejecting its bid to join the umbrella...

  • The Israel conversation we should be having

    May 12, 2014 | 11:01 am

    The recent vote by the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations rejecting J Street’s membership bid was not entirely surprising. J Street had been reaching out to conference members and community contacts for weeks. We knew that gaining the necessary...

  • Alan Dershowitz’s secret weapon

    By Jared Sichel

    May 7, 2014 | 12:32 pm

    World-famous lawyer, best-selling author, Harvard professor — Alan Dershowitz’s list of accomplishments is very, very long. And the number of controversial topics that he feels comfortable weighing in on — J Street, George Zimmerman, Jonathan Pollard, Donald Sterling — has made him...

  • Fact checking J Street and its critics

    May 2, 2014 | 12:19 pm

    What to make of the failure of J Street to gain entry into the Conference of Presidents? Let’s do a little fact checking.

    1) Claim: J Street is beyond the communal pale

    J Street might not have rounded up the votes, but in defeat it put to bed the argument that the group...

  • Reform movement wants Presidents Conf. overhaul in wake of J Street rejection

    May 1, 2014 | 12:18 pm

    The Union for Reform Judaism is seeking an overhaul of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in the wake of its rejection of J Street’s bid for membership.

    The Reform group in a statement posted Thursday on its website said leaving the Presidents...

  • Presidents Conference rejects J Street membership bid

    By Jeffrey Hensiek

    April 30, 2014 | 4:20 pm

    J Street failed to gain admission to the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

    The vote of conference members Wednesday was 17 in favor, 22 against and three abstentions, according to four sources.

    J Street needed a two-thirds majority of the entire...

  • At J Street, giving Iran the benefit of the doubt

    September 30, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Amid the dramatic shift in tone in the U.S.-Iran relationship following Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit last week to the United Nations, Israeli officials are broadcasting a clear message: Be skeptical.

    But at the J Street conference in Washington this week, which drew...

  • Why peace talks will fail

    By David Suissa

    August 7, 2013 | 10:52 am

    The conventional wisdom is that the revived Israeli-Palestinian peace talks are doomed to fail. The popular reason cited is that “the maximum the Israelis can offer is less than the minimum the Palestinians can accept.” 

    From a pragmatic view, that may well be true, but I think...

  • J Street Takes a U Turn into Ariel?

    By Orit Arfa

    June 7, 2013 | 7:36 am

    The mission of the lobby J Street is “a two state resolution to the conflict with the Palestinian people.” Decried as an anti-Israel lobby by staunch Israel supporters who view the two-state solution as the Arabs' "Final Solution," J Street focuses much of its efforts on reviving...

  • Secretary Kerry’s Speech and J Street’s Open Letter to the American Jewish Community

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    June 6, 2013 | 7:13 am

    Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry gave a powerful and important speech at the American Jewish Committee conference, calling on American Jews to make their voices heard in support for negotiation efforts and a two-state solution. The speech was not given much...

  • May 9, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    May 9, 2013 | 3:14 am

    The US

    Headline: Senate bill aims to toughen Iran sanctions

    To Read: According to former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb, with all its past experience with intelligence mistakes, the US needs to remember to calmly examine the possible motives of despots before...

  • Path to peace: J Street

    March 28, 2013 | 10:24 am

    Opponents of J Street consistently argue that our positions are somehow radical, strange and way out of the Israeli or American-Jewish mainstream.

    The opposite is true: When it comes to Israeli-Palestinian peace, the two-state solution and the inexorable demographic threat to...

  • Path to peace: StandWithUs

    March 28, 2013 | 10:15 am

    On Monday evening, March 11, I had a public discussion with Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of J Street, at Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles. The topics included how American Jews should approach pro-Israel advocacy, whether peace is currently attainable between Israel and...

  • The Hagel dialectic: Defenders and detractors tussle over Israel record

    December 19, 2012 | 9:18 am

    The expected nomination of former Sen. Chuck Hagel as the next defense secretary has sparked an outcry from segments of the pro-Israel community.

    Media reports in recent days have said that Hagel, a Republican who represented Nebraska from 1997-2009 in the U.S. Senate, is...

  • More than 400 Jewish clergy press Netanyahu on E1

    December 18, 2012 | 9:29 am

    More than 400 American Jewish clergy asked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu not to go ahead with new construction in a corridor connecting eastern Jerusalem to the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim.

    "We fear that building settlements in E1 would be the final blow to...

  • Congressional letter urges Obama to shut PLO office

    December 11, 2012 | 10:11 am

    Incoming and outgoing leaders of the House Foreign Affairs Committee are circulating a letter calling on President Obama to close the Washington office of the PLO.

    Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), Howard Berman (D-Calif.), Edward Royce (R-Calif.) and Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.)  are...

  • Senate amendment penalizing Palestinians for U.N. status does not pass

    December 5, 2012 | 9:19 am

    A U.S. Senate amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not attached to its intended law.

    The National Defense Authorization Act, which was passed late Tuesday, did not include among its amendments one that...

  • J Street hires Alan Elsner, late of The Israel Project, as spokesman

    December 3, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    Alan Elsner, a veteran journalist whose last job was helping to helm The Israel Project, joined J Street as its top spokesman.

    Elsner was executive director of The Israel Project until September, when Josh Block, the former spokesman for the American Israel Public Affairs...

  • American Jews: 65-68% Democratic, 26-29% Republican

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 25, 2012 | 9:23 am

    We've just updated our U.S. Jewish Party Identification tracker – one of our regular J Meter features. The tracker is updated with the two polls conducted on Election Day by J Street and the Republican Jewish Coalition.

    With this new data we present what we believe is a...

  • The upside - and downside - of ‘low threshold’ voter support for Israel

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 6:55 am

    As I promised last week, the discussion of the Jewish 2012 vote will continue this week, and as I also promised, this post will be about the Jewish voter and Israel. As I showed in my previous post, different questions lead to different, even contradictory, assessments of the way...

  • November 12, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 12, 2012 | 1:18 am

    In-depth

    Is it Already Too Late to Stop Iran?

    Jonathan Tobin of Commentary raises the question that if Israel no longer has the capability to halt Iran's nuclear program, how long before the same true is of the United States. 

    Yet if it is now too late for Israel to stop...

  • 9 notes on the American Jewish vote

    By Shmuel Rosner

    November 8, 2012 | 1:19 pm

    A short prologue and a note of caution:

    I started writing this post on Wednesday afternoon on the airplane from Chicago to Washington, following a very long, almost sleepless night. I should have been on the phone that day, listening in to the presentations of the two competing...

  • 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...

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