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New Jewish Lobby Group Wants Two State Solution

J Street, a new Jewish lobbying organization, plans to campaign for a two state solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Frustrated because, in their opinion, the term "pro-Israel" has been seized by a conservative minority of Jews and Americans alike, J Street hopes to be a voice for left-leaning Jewish Americans.

Currently, the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) is "the most important organization affecting America's relationship with Israel," enjoying a $100 million endowment. Some academics have criticized AIPAC for pressuring the US to set aside its own security to advance the interests of Israel. Others counter that such a characterization serves anti-Semitic causes.

J Street's founders are somewhere in the middle. They want to counter right wingers, whose positions they believe go against Israeli and American interests. The group will raise money and donate it to politicians who will help bring about a two state solution and comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Palestine.

Are you happy to see views that don't fit the typical dichotomy infusing the discussion? Is it essential that both sides come to the center, or should Jewish Americans not be expected to give up loyalty to a single Jewish state?

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minaminamina minaminamina 7 years
Your information is only correct if you had relied solely on American media for this information. Israeli Defense Force reports, and the admission of several high-ranking Israeli Generals after the Lebanon incident, have exposed the true aggressors in that situation to be two IDF soldiers receiving orders to bomb the beach front of South Lebanon, resulting in the death of a Lebanese family of 8 who were picnicking there. Hezbollah, as they did throughout the incident, responded by attacking military targets. I think, realistically, anyone who's pro-peace should be anti-U.S. financial and moral support of Israel unconditionally. The Western world is only propping up Israel as the last Imperialist nation, which is why the rest of the world despises not only the U.S, but Israel. Palestine is arguably one of the last colonies in existence - from Europe to South America to Africa people will never support the U.S. or Israel because of this.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I see what you're saying, minaminamina, and I absolutely believe both sides deserve a lot of blame--I'm not absolving Israel at all--but from my understanding, the July War in 2006 was started when Hezbollah militants fired rockets on Israeli border towns and launched an anti-tank missile attack on two IDF Humvees patrolling the Israeli side of the border. That attack wounded two Israeli solders, killed three of them, and two others were captured and taken to Lebanon. Again, however, I think both sides are to blame for this conflict. I am personally neither pro-Israel nor pro-Palestine. I'm just pro-peace and pro-more people not dying.
minaminamina minaminamina 7 years
And Jude, unfortunately two years ago when Hamas decalared and upheld a cease-fire with Israel in an attempt to have a peaceful return to the 1947 borders, Israel decided to bomb Lebanon (oh wait, do American's still delude themselves into thinking Hezbollah started that?) and build the apartheid wall instead. That Lebanese family that IDF bombed on the beach that began the Lebanon-Israel conflict prior to the IDF soldiers being kidnapped? They must be really happy that Israel decided to react so rationally.
minaminamina minaminamina 7 years
haaaaaaa whatever, this has been said a thousand times before - most groups' idea of a 2-state solution is one that STILL maintains the ILLEGAL settlement and occupation of the land Israel settled upon after 1967. How about a "Let's stop giving Israel $7 Billion a year to buy weapons, break humanitarian laws, starve out Gaza, build an apartheid wall, jail children as young as 12 without trails for years, and disproportionately bomb and kill and prevent aid to civilians in the name of "Defense" Lobby Group? I'm willing to get down with THAT.
ami_z ami_z 7 years
The Bible has absolutely no place in an intelligent and practical discussion of international problems. The issue is that both Palestinians and Israelis have a legitimate claim on the land becuase of promises made by the British Empire through various agreements and White Papers. As such, a compromise is vital. The presence of J Street is phenomenal and hopefully the discussion will now become less entrenched and more functional.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
If neither side is willing to compromise, no change will come, and the conflict will continue on into the next damn century. Both sides have to be willing to make some concessions for the future peace of their children rather than going along with the hard-liners, and I'm very happy to see J Street making that move.
stephley stephley 7 years
I think it's important to look for middle ground in the situation; the U.S. has been too one-sided in its policy for years and it hasn't served anyone well. The Bible shouldn't be a factor.
DCStar DCStar 7 years
"land that rightfully and biblically belongs to israel" I am by no means going to dispute the bible, just going to say that if in fact God gave the Israelis this land, perhaps they can find it in their hearts to share it with some other people who have been searching for their home (and thought they had found it) for a long time as well.
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 7 years
I've said it before. There's plenty of land over there and Jordan and Saudi Arabia could donate a piece of land each to create a new state of Palestine (since Jordan IS Palestine) and leave the Israelis to the land that God gave them. It's totally selfish for "Palestinians" to demand land that rightfully and Biblically belongs to Israel. There would be no cause for war if land was made available by Jordan and Saudi Arabia and that's the point (war) isn't it? Palestinians could not survive a year if they had no one to fight against. There will always be the poor among us and there will always be those who hate the thought of an Israeli Nation among us. The USofA should watch Israel's back but should let Israel decide what is best for their Country and not interfere in that decision making. Adonai Elohenu, Adonai Echad.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
I'm really sick of those two words Israel and Palestine.
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