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The Israel lobby for doves

by Brad A. Greenberg

April 25, 2008 | 10:22 am

“Theyâ€(tm)re trying to be the un-Aipac.”

They is J Street, a new pro-Israel lobby organization that won’t be quite so “reflexive” in its support. I saw something about J Street a few days ago, but today’s New York Times picks up on the new outfit.

The executive director of the new venture, Jeremy Ben-Ami, said in an interview that “a large number of American Jews and their friends have dropped out of the discussion about how to bring peace to Israel and its neighbors because they donâ€(tm)t have a home politically.” He argued that there was a need for an alternative to the traditional groups who say, “to oppose any Israeli policy is to be anti-Israel.”

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