J Street

The Goldstone Rush

After the judge’s surprise mea culpa, Israel advocates hurry to undo the damage.

04/05/2011
Staff Writer

In the Book of Esther read on Purim, King Ahasuerus tells Queen Esther that he cannot revoke his edict calling for the destruction of the Jews but that he would issue a new decree allowing the Jews to defend themselves.

Israel’s consul for media affairs in New York, Joel Lion, offered similar advice this week to the American Jewish community following the surprise mea culpa by Richard Goldstone.

The retraction by Richard Goldstone, above, is a “teachable moment,” said a Jewish leader.

New 'Israel Peace Initiative' by former defense, intel chiefs: just talk?

Jewish groups that support a more active Middle East peace process are applauding a new plan conceived by a group that includes former Israeli military and intelligence chiefs and revealed by Ha'aretz on Tuesday.

Goldstone recants - what's the best strategy for Israel now?

 I'm trying to figure out exactly what it means that Richard Goldstone, the international jurist who presided over a UN report on the Gaza war that Israel and its friends considered outrageously biased, has repudiated its central findings.

There's little doubt that's good news to the Jewish groups here that made Goldstone a new poster boy for UN hostility to the Jewish state. Clearly it hurts the credibility of pro-peace process groups -  including J Street -  that came to Goldstone's defense after the report was released.

J.J. Goldberg gets it on Richard Jacobs, Reform, J Street

Okay, he works for the competition and all, but I have to say it: the Forward's J.J. Goldberg nailed it  on the issue of Rabbi Richard Jacobs, recently selected as the new president of the Union for Reform Judaism.

AJC criticizes "inappropriate" Knesset hearings on J Street

J Street still makes some major Jewish leaders nervous, but that doesn't mean they like the idea of Israeli politicians mucking around in the internal affairs of the a diverse American Jewish community.

Today the American Jewish Committee criticized this week's Knesset hearings into whether J Street is really the pro-Israel, pro-peace group it claims to be.

Knesset Hearings on J Street Up Ante in Debate About ‘Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace’ Lobby

03/15/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Is turnabout fair play when Israel examines the critics who would examine its actions?

Groups on the Jewish left expressed outrage last week after the Knesset subcommittee on public diplomacy voted to convene hearings on J Street, the Washington-based lobby that calls itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace.”

The hearing is set to take place next week, and J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami and Davidi Gilo, an American Israeli who is a major funder of the group, have agreed to testify.

Knesset Committee To Discuss J Street

03/15/2011

(JTA) — The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said March 9 that a hearing on the activities of J Street, which calls itself a pro-Israel, pro-peace organization, would be held as soon as next week.

Americans for Peace Now said it was outraged by the hearing.

Knesset committee to discuss J Street

03/10/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli Knesset committee will hold a hearing on the activities of J Street.

The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said Wednesday that the hearing on J Street, which calls itself a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, will be held as soon as next week.

Americans for Peace Now said it was outraged by the hearing.

Arab Unrest Alters Power Balance in As Yet Unseen Ways

03/02/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- They were the devils they knew.

Though Israel lives in a dangerous neighborhood, surrounded by countries whose leaders or people wish its destruction, over the years it had adjusted to the status quo, more or less figuring out how to get by while keeping an eye on gradual change.

But the sudden upheaval in the region that in a matter of weeks has toppled regimes in Tunisia and Egypt, and threatens autocrats in Libya, Yemen, Bahrain and elsewhere, is forcing Israel to grapple with how to recalibrate for dramatic change.

Civility In Houston

03/01/2011
Staff Writer

(Houston) Lee Wunsch, president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, recently told a friend at a Shabbat kiddush that he had attended a meeting where a representative of J Street, the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” organization, spoke. Wunsch’s friend, who “nearly had a heart attack,” attacked J Street’s policies.

Lee Wunsch, shocked by growing lack of civility in Houston’s Jewish community, has started informal dialogue campaign.
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