Can J Street stoop any lower in backing anti-Israel views? – opinion
NGO is lobbying to restrict US military aid to Israel and moving towards a ‘confederated state’ to replace Israel.
By DAVID M. WEINBERG APRIL 22, 2021
A J Street panel meeting(photo credit: First in sorrow, then in anger, for years I have tracked J Street’s malignant metamorphosis from a “pro-Israel and pro-peace” organization into an anti-Israel mutant.At its founding a dozen years ago, “pro-Israel and pro-peace” was taken to mean partnering with the mainstream Israeli political Left to build support in Washington for a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians. Fair enough.Read More Related Articles
But since then, J Street has spent its time and money besmirching Israel, lobbying for Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas; smearing the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, Birthright and other truly pro-Israel organizations; pumping former US president Barack Obama’s dangerous deal with Iran (and supporting its renewal) and backing political candidates for whom the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is a badge of honor and antisemitism is part of their repertoire.
To this shameful list can now be added: lobbying to restrict US military aid to Israel and possibly moving toward advocacy of a “confederated state” to replace Israel all together.The organization’s descent into anti-Israel iniquity started when it supported the evil Goldstone Report (the UN’s hatchet job on Israel following the 2009 war with Hamas), advocated open diplomatic talks with Hamas but not military action against it and then endorsed the Palestinian Authority’s drive for unilateral recognition of statehood at the UN.J Street also began wrapping its confrontation with Israel in pious spiritual claptrap. Its leaders earnestly broadcast their “profound Jewish and spiritual identities,” to besmirch the mainstream Jewish community and engender a distancing in US-Israel relations.
Peter Beinart launched his notorious book, The Crisis of Zionism, at the 2012 J Street conference too, promoting a “progressive vision of American interests and liberal Jewish values.” We all know where Beinart ended up: Openly calling for the dissolution of Israel. (Judging from this year’s J Street conference, the organization may not be far behind Beinart.)