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Jockeying over J Street conference getting nastier, stakes getting bigger

Monday, October 19th, 2009 Maneuvering in advance of next week’s first-ever national conference by J Street – the pro-Israel, pro-peace process lobby and political action committee -is getting nastier by the day. And it seems to me the stakes are growing.

J Street Snags Gen. Jones for national conference

Is this a signal, or what?

Today J Street, the pro-peace process political action committee and lobby that major Jewish leaders love to hate, announced that National Security Adviser James Jones will keynote their first national conference, scheduled to begin here in Washington on October 25.

One reason so many leaders of established pro-Israel groups are apoplectic about J Street is that they fear the dovish group, which isn't exactly in sync with the current government in Jerusalem, has good access to the Obama White House.

Wexler leaving Congress for Middle East peace group

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.), a prominent member of the Jewish delegation in Congress and an early and vocal Barack Obama supporter, is leaving Congress to head up a group devoted to Middle East peace, according to the Miami Herald.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group? October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.

Israel Policy Forum to merge with progressive group?

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

For weeks rumors have circulated that the Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a pro-peace process group, was on the verge of shutting down – or merging with another organization.

 

This week there were reports that the group may merge with the Center for American Progress, a group that defines itself as “a think tank dedicated to improving the lives of Americans through ideas and action.”

 

George Mitchell’s latest Middle East adventures

Special envoy George Mitchell’s latest adventure in Middle East peacemaking seems to be getting off to a typically murky start.

The very latest on the Holocaust allusion beat

Cool: last week Jewish lawmakers, pundits and partisan activists got into an involved discussion about the rules of the English language and how they apply to anything having to do with the term “holocaust,” or “Holocaust.”  Note the caps.  Who knew they were such an erudite bunch?

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