Will the Jewish right save J Street from itself?

I just finished writing a story on J Street's disastrous week and the possible consequences of the revelation it's leaders lied for two years about George Soros' contributions - consequences on Capitol Hill, in voting booths and in the Jewish communal world. 

In looking the story over, I was particularly struck by one quote from my old friend Doug Bloomfield, once the legislative director of AIPAC, now a columnist for – gasp – Jewish newspapers.

Arab lobby? What Arab lobby?

 As a journalist covering the Middle East beat in Washington, I've always wondered about the lack of a strong pro-Arab lobby in Washington. So I'm pretty intrigued with Mitchell Bard's new book, The Arab Lobby: The Invisible Alliance That Undermines America’s Interests in the Middle East - which argues that I'm wrong, and that there is one.

The real powerhouse Middle East lobby in Washington isn't AIPAC, Bard argues, but a diffuse but potent pro-Arab lobby run and funded by the Saudis.

Beinart To Publish Full Book on Zionism, 2011

Many Jewish journalists, myself included, spent a good deal of this past spring discussing Peter Beinart's provocative essay on liberal Zionism.  If you thought that horse died, think again: Publisher's Weekly just announced that Beinart struck a deal with Times Books to

Emergency Committee for Israel: It's about Jewish campaign money, stupid

Jewish Washington was buzzing this week with the news – first reported in Politico, expanded on in the Jewish Week – that a few Republican heavy hitters have created an “Emergency Committee for Israel” to slam the

GOP Heavies Launch New Pro-Israel Group

Kristol, Bauer target J Street’s candidate in Pa. Senate race.

Washington Correspondent

 J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby, already had a lot on the line in Pennsylvania’s hotly contested Senate race, where it has bet heavily on Democratic nominee Rep. Joe Sestak.

But the ante was raised this week with the creation of a new group including Republican heavy hitters William Kristol and Gary Bauer that launched with hard-hitting television ads accusing Sestak of being hostile to Israel.

A possible 'Obama Plan' and J Street's dilemma

I had several calls in the past few days expressing emotions ranging from anxiety to rage because of the Obama administration's rumored Middle East peace plan. And that made me wonder about how the other side – and J Street, in particular – will respond to the inevitable firestorm from mainstream pro-Israel groups when and if a plan is unveiled.

Stalling for Time on Jerusalem Embassy

Washington Correspondent

Wavering between pragmatism and principle, mainstream pro-Israel organizations have opted not to make a major issue — at least for now — over the Clinton administration decision to delay moving the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

AIPAC's Barak Blunder?

New Labor government poses challenge for pro-Israel lobby

Washington Correspondent

This weekend’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference will feature all the usual elements of the annual pro-Israel extravaganza: congressional and administration machers by the score, foreign diplomats, on-the-make politicians and more than 900 charged-up AIPACers and 600 college students.
But the mood may be dampened by a new challenge facing the powerful lobby group: how to adjust to a new Labor government in Israel that includes officials who have harshly criticized AIPAC for a pro-Likud tilt.

AIPAC Changes its Tune after Accusations of Likud Tilt

Washington Correspondent

That squeak audible over Washington this week was the sound of the pro-Israel lobby turning on a dime. Stung by criticism by some Labor leaders of a longstanding pro-Likud tilt, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), began a quick readjustment at this week’s annual policy conference in Washington.
“What you’re hearing is an organization adapting to a new environment,” said Gary Polland, a longtime AIPAC activist from Texas who objected to the softening of some traditional AIPAC positions.

Jewish Legislators Group Comes to Washington

Washington Correspondent
New Power Awakens Old Group The National Association of Jewish Legislators came to Washington this week for a meeting intended to breathe new life into the moribund group.And not a moment too soon: with the political balance shifting from the federal to the state level, a strong Jewish presence in state capitals around the country will be more important than ever, said some of the 25 delegates.“There is a seismic shift taking place, “ said Sen. Seymour Lachman, a Democratic member of the New York State Senate from Brooklyn.
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