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Assessing J Street

Since last week's story on J Street, several readers have asked about my assessment of how the group is doing after almost three tumultuous years.

A tale of shifting Jewish priorities

 

Here's a little insight into Jewish priorities these days that probably won't surprise you.

Last week I received at least 25 statements and press releases from Jewish groups and assorted Jewish politicians urging a U.S. veto of the UN General Assembly resolution condemning Israel's settlements. (The U.S. DID veto the resolution on Friday, and there's no evidence pressure from Jewish groups was the reason).

What the U.S. veto at the U.N. means

Does it matter much that the Obama administration vetoed a UN Security Council resolution labeling Israel's settlement activity illegal? Naturally, it depends on who you ask, but my answer is: probably not.

Mostly, it strikes me as an action by an administration that has concluded – rightly or wrongly – that the current status quo is the best it can hope for in the Middle East.

Netanyahu Thanks U.S. for Vetoing U.N. Resolution

02/20/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for vetoing a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israel on settlements.

U.S. Vetoes U.N. Resolution on Settlements

02/18/2011
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The United States vetoed a U.N. resolution that would have condemned Israeli settlements as illegal.

The Security Council resolution, which was brought to a vote Friday afternoon, earned the support of the council's other 14 members.

The Obama administration, which opposes Israeli settlements, said raising the issue at the United Nations would only complicate efforts to reach a negotiated settlement.

UN resolution hysteria: how to make enemies, not friends

It used to be that a primary goal of Israel's friends in this country was to ensure strong U.S.-Israel relations and to create a genuinely bipartisan wall of support for the Jewish state in U.S. politics.

Now, the goal seems more to take advantage of today's bitter partisanship to advance a specific vision of U.S.-Israeli relations or support a particular political viewpoint in Israel. Or to use Israel as just another wedge issue in the U.S. partisan wars.

For Washington, lose-lose UN settlements flap

Update: the always thorough Ron Kampeas debunks the claim from the Republican Jewish Coalition and echoed by others that "the United States has historically opposed U.N.

Palestinians Say U.N. Resolution Will Get Vote

02/17/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Backed by Arab states, the Palestinians are pressing ahead with a United Nations Security Council resolution that slams Israel for settlement building.

The Palestinian delegation said Thursday that it had the votes to bring the resolution to the U.N. Security Council for a vote the next day.

U.S. Reportedly Proposing U.N. ‘Statement’ on Settlements

02/17/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States reportedly is backing a United Nations Security Council statement that would slam Israel on settlements but would stop short of a resolution.

J Street apologizes to Ackerman, doesn't back off from UN resolution position

 J Street's spat with Rep. Gary Ackerman took another turn today when it apologized for its strong reaction to the New York Democrat's statement last repudiating the pro-peace process group.

But J Street isn't backing away from the statement that touched off the fracas in the first place – its request that the Obama administration consider not vetoing a pending UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity.

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