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And That's the Beat on J Street...

J Street has been launched as a new effort to

promote meaningful American leadership to end the Arab-Israeli and Palestinian-Israel conflicts peacefully and diplomatically. We support a new direction for American policy in the Middle East and a broad public and policy debate about the U.S. role in the region…J Street represents Americans, primarily but not exclusively Jewish, who support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own - two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We believe ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the best interests of Israel, the United States, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole.…[and we support] diplomatic solutions over military ones, including in Iran; multilateral over unilateral approaches to conflict resolution; and dialogue over confrontation with a wide range of countries and actors when conflicts do arise.

In my personal capacity, I am of course supportive of J Street, and there have been many positive pieces written about it.  Here’s a very small selection:  Jeremy Ben-Ami has this op-ed in the Forward, Ezra Klein writes ‘No Time For Neutrality’ at the American Prospect, and Spencer Ackerman discusses ‘Reframing the Israel Debate’ in the Washington Independent. 

Additionally, there has been a pile of news coverage on the J Street launch in the Washington Post, Haaretz, the JTA, and elsewhere. 

Of course, the praise has not been unanimous, with a push-back coming from some expected places.  The counter-positions have included pieces by Noah Pollak at Commentary and Michael Goldfarb at the Weekly Standard.

And finally—a piece I wrote in my personal capacity can be read at the Huffington Post.


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it's about time americans come to reframe the argument of being pro-israel.
as an israeli, i found it very hard over the years to hear american right-wing and religious nuts acting on behalf of "israeli" interests, without having to bear the brunt of the consequences.
i have had numerous arguments here at home, and on my travels abroad, explaining why the administration's and the politician's being "pro-israel" has gotten us nowhere, and has actually made things worse.
it should be made clear that a re-definition of the term "pro-israel" does not mean being anti-israeli. it is about time that those who speak and act "exclusively" on behalf of the state of israel face an ideologically coherent and strong opposition. there is no time to waste here.
good luck. your success is our success.

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