Introduction to J-Street: A Moderate Approach to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Peter Daniel Haworth on September 21, 2011 · 7 comments <span>Print this article</span> Print this article

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Porch readers might be interested in J-Street, a non-profit organization dedicated to realizing an equitable solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. J-Street identifies itself as representing “primarily but not exclusively Jewish” Americans who “support Israel and its desire for security as the Jewish homeland, as well as the right of the Palestinians to a sovereign state of their own – two states living side-by-side in peace and security. We believe ending the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is in the best interests of Israel, the United States, the Palestinians, and the region as a whole.”

Given all the recent political footballing on this issue by various presidential candidates, organizations like J-Street provide a sane and moderate alternative to an international problem that entails profound localist concerns: two ethnic people-groups with traditional ties to the same relatively small geographical place. Can these two nations find an equitable solution that allows each to reside in and freely enjoy the same land of their different fathers? This seems like a problem that should be actively considered on the Porch.



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avatar Stephan Tuto September 21, 2011 at 1:35 pm

With regards to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict a moderating force in American politics would probably be a “primarily but not exclusively Arab” non-profit. Power being so lopsided, Israelis often challenge the definition of “negotiation”

avatar Norm September 21, 2011 at 1:38 pm

What an odd definition of “moderate” you must be using.

avatar Norm September 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm

If J-Street demands unilateral concessions from Israel (based on outdated Arab womb threats), I wonder what a primarily-Arab organization would demand . . .

avatar Meredith September 22, 2011 at 8:33 pm

J-Street is moderate? Perhaps you should do a little more research.

avatar D.W. Sabin September 23, 2011 at 11:00 am

Any political organization residing at an address consisting of a lettered street within the Foggy Bottom Beltway possesses a clause in its bylaws removing the word “moderate” from all dictionaries on the premises.

Moderation is like kryptonite to these folks, their superhuman aspirations are sapped and the shell game loses its frisson of excitement.

Not that J Street is any worse than any of the other bunko parlors in the Imperial Seat of the Bureaucratic States Of America

avatar lhf September 25, 2011 at 6:10 am

Jerusalem is a major stumbling block. What happened to Pope John Paul’s recommendation that because it is a sacred place for three religions, it be made an international city under international (UN?) government? Seems a reasonable idea to me.

avatar Allen Roth September 25, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Is a group “moderate” if it advocates forcing Israel to “negotiate” with Hamas a terrorist organization that advocates the destruction of Israel?

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