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Michele Bachmann Says American Jews 'Sold Out' Israel By Supporting Obama

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 03.05.2014 | Politics

U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) has very strong feelings about Israel, and she's disappointed that American Jews don't have the same feelings she...

Behind AIPAC's Successes and Failures

Marwan Bishara | Posted 03.03.2014 | World
Marwan Bishara

If all politics is more or less local, the upcoming midterm Congressional elections should provide AIPAC with a huge "carrot or stick" leverage over the makeup of Congress, especially the Senate, and the legislative agenda in Washington for the next two years.

American Jews Must Support, Not Hinder, Kerry's Efforts

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics
Alon Ben-Meir

I am one of those who certainly support J Street's ongoing efforts to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace, and I applaud their repeated outreach calling on congressional leaders and Jewish groups to support Secretary of State John Kerry's peace offensive.

Could We Make @BilldeBlasio Meet With J Street?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Bill de Blasio, the new progressive mayor of New York City, has now given us an opportunity to take the fight against AIPAC to the center of its political power among Democrats.

With AIPAC's Power in Doubt, Is Peace With Israel Now Possible?

Robert Naiman | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Robert Naiman

If AIPAC can lose on Syria and lose on Iran, this raises a spectacular question: Could AIPAC also lose on Israel-Palestine?

The Blind Alley of J Street and Liberal American Zionism

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2014 | Politics
Norman Solomon

What does J Street's motto "Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace" really mean? That question calls for grasping the context of Zionism among Jews in the United States -- aspects of history, largely obscured and left to archives, that can shed light on J Street's current political role.

Israel, Hillel, & Idolatry

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 02.16.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

Recent controversies within Hillel International, the "home" for many Jewish college students of diverse backgrounds and beliefs, have made public in a sharper way a profound spiritual issue confronting American Jews and their "official" organizations.

Berkeley's Jewish Student Union's Rejection of J Street - and Reality

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Alan Elsner

Some 37 years ago, when I was a field organizer for the Union of Jewish Students in Britain, I fought against attempts by far left groups to ban Jewis...

No Olive Branch From Netanyahu for Iran; a Small Twig for Peace with Palestinians

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 12.02.2013 | World
Evelyn Leopold

Seeking to discourage a rapprochement between Washington and Tehran, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel threatened military action against Iran and dared others to do the same.

Let's Get Beyond Lip Service to A Two-State Solution

Alan Elsner | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Alan Elsner

It seems like almost everyone in the American-Jewish community - with the exception of a few on the extreme right and the far left - supports the two-...

J Street Conference will Bolster Israel-Palestine Peace Efforts

Alan Elsner | Posted 11.25.2013 | World
Alan Elsner

This weekend will see an unusual and significant event in Washington DC when the five-year-old J Street peace organization holds its largest-yet annua...

Syria Vote Tests Limits Of Influential Groups

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 09.09.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Of all the interests backing President Barack Obama's call for Congress to authorize military strikes on Syria, perhaps none is more con...

Liberal Israel Group Won't Support Strike

BuzzFeed | Posted 09.08.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Liberal pro-Israel advocacy group J Street has decided not to take a position on the White House’s Syria resolution currently being d...

Blue Moon Over Congress: Opening to Push for Diplomacy with Iran

Robert Naiman | Posted 09.11.2013 | World
Robert Naiman

Iran just had a presidential election. Who knew? So there's going to be a new Iranian president. New guy, opportunity to "reset" U.S. relations with Iran. But wait, there's more.

"If You Will It, It Is No Dream"

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2013 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

Israeli and Palestinian leaders have fallen victim to their own uncompromising public narratives. To facilitate the terms of an agreement, they need powerful and relentless pressure to provide them with political cover, which only the U.S. can exert.

Joshua Hersh

Chucky's Revenge: Hagel's Confirmation Battle Wounds Could Linger At Pentagon

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- If there's one thing Tom Korologos has learned in four decades of advising officials through sometimes bruising confirmation battles, it...

The Chuck Hagel Nomination: Fighting Back Smears With Schmears

Dorian de Wind | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Dorian de Wind

Right-wing neoconservatives -- including Bill Kristol, Elliott Abrams, Jennifer Rubin and many others -- are wasting no time in launching a swiftboat-reminiscent campaign to besmirch Hagel's reputation and derail his nomination.

Mainstream Support of Hagel: Is This a Crack in the Wall of Intimidation?

Dr. Charles G. Cogan | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Dr. Charles G. Cogan

Does all this represent a crack in the wall of intimidation, to use the word of Mr. Hagel to Mr. Miller? Will the message get through to Benjamin Netanyahu, Avigdor Lieberman, et al to stop interfering in the American political process?

Crisis! Pro-Obama Jews Must Demand Diplomacy Advocate Chuck Hagel for Secretary of Defense

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.24.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

Since many of our Christian brothers and sisters are offline for the Christmas holiday, I thought this would be a good time for the pro-Obama Jews to ...

J Street Pushes Back on Neocon Bid to "Swift Boat" Chuck Hagel Nomination as Defense Secretary

Robert Naiman | Posted 02.18.2013 | Politics
Robert Naiman

The neocon right is trying to Swift Boat the expected nomination of Chuck Hagel by making up a scare story that Hagel is "anti-Israel." One would like to be able to dismiss this stuff as the ranting of people for whom no amount of warmongering can ever be too much.

Apologize, Joe Walsh, for Your Tirade Against J-Street

Jay Michaelson | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Jay Michaelson

Dear Rep. Walsh: I write to protest your antisemitic statements, which have no place in public discourse. I demand that you apologize and take them back.

There Are Many Ways to Be "Pro-Israel" -- Supporting a Nightmarish One-State Scenario Is Not One of Them

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The majority of American Jews understand what Allen West and Joe Walsh fail to see: Building a viable Palestinian state alongside a secure Israel is the only way to secure Israel's future as a Jewish homeland and a democracy.

Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions Put Allies At Odds

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 09.01.2012 | Religion
Jeremy Ben-Ami

I understand that frustration is rising over diplomatic stagnation, and I know that advocates for peace are attracted to tactics like BDS that create the impression of action. But, to date, pursuit of these tactics has promoted little more than debate and division.

The Right Question

Jeremy Ben-Ami | Posted 08.28.2012 | World
Jeremy Ben-Ami

The right question to ask isn't whether all options are on the table with Iran -- because clearly they are -- but which is the most likely to achieve the right outcome with the least danger of making the region and the world even more dangerous.

J Street Undercuts Obama Policy on Iran

Alan Dershowitz | Posted 08.14.2012 | Politics
Alan Dershowitz

Absolutely no good has come from J Street's soft policy on Iran. Either J Street must change its policy, or truth in advertising requires that it no longer proclaim itself a friend of Israel.