On Friday, the Washington Times published a confidential J Street tax return, containing private information about some of our donors. I write to provide context, assume responsibility, and to address our critics.
There is only one realistic solution to the refugee issue: compensation, resettlement and rehabilitation in a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza. But above all, it will require political commitment.
We can be truthful in our endeavors, search for objectivity, keep a critical eye, but if we forget we always are -- despite our best intentions -- in a subjective space, we are lying to ourselves and to others.
As we approach the latest incarnation of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, I'm finding it difficult to be hopeful, though I will continue to try to be supportive recognizing, as I do, the consequences of failure.
Alan, what did you mean when you said J Street had "gone over to the dark side"? That those who don't think ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is a U.S. national security interest are the forces of light?
What to ask for this Father's Day, in this bludgeon of a Holy Land? One night in which the only thing shattered and abruptly displaced is the bitter air of hatred we have all somehow learned to breathe.
Obama must first and foremost reach out and directly address the general Israeli public and media. If he will not visit Israel, he must talk to Israelis directly through news outlets to disabuse those who still may have doubts.
Even if a film is critical of Israel, it is also an expression of the open character of our democracy. This is why I was astonished by the outrageous statement by Scandar Copti, an Arab Israeli director, that he does not represent Israel.
Even if the Taliban, al-Qaida and other madcap terrorists succumb to the Obama charm and fold their tents, it is unlikely that the president will be so lucky as to put the nuclear genie back in the bottle.