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.
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.