IPT Examines J Street’s Unusual “Support” for Israel

J Street, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group, has an unusual way of showing it “is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans.”

It has called for direct negotiations with Hamas, a designated terrorist group committed to the Jewish state’s destruction. It partners with aggressively anti-Israel groups which advocate an economic, political and academic boycott of Israel. And it partners with rabidly anti-Israel speakers and groups in the name of “open debate.”

The Investigative Project on Terrorism (IPT) examines J Street’s record in a new dossier. Read the full report here. J Street was formed in 2008 as a liberal counterpart to the American Israel Public Affairs Council (AIPAC).

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  • Norman_In_New_York

    The J in J Street stands for JINO.

  • vwVwwVwv

    Imagine a P-Street asking from Arabs to jump from a high place for World Peace.
    J-Street belongs George Soros, its his property, like Clinton.

  • simus1

    This seems to be some sort of widespread mental defect today, a willingness to construct a different, upside down, very dangerous virtual reality rather than face what logic should tell anyone is just their version of a twisted death wish.
    Was watching a clip of Gavin in Israel. He was quite stunned at the lack of realism so many of them bring to their lives, most of whom are very much in favour of “strict gun control for everyone” and other idiot liberal memes.
    Why not just go down to the zoo, climb into the tiger’s cage and get it over with ?

  • Art Deco

    The rap on J-Street is that they’re little more than an Obama fan club and that the organization is dominated by people with an attenuated connection to American Jewry (gentile mothers, no religious affiliation). I’d wager the rap is correct, and that it’s a spurious organization.

    It came to be brutally evident 16 years ago (and is manifest if you consult public opinion polling of the West Bank and Gaza, not to mention the results of the only competitive election held there in the last 40 years) that the Arab population is of three minds on their situation: there are 30% who are groping to bury the hatchet with their Jewish neighbors, 30% who wish to destroy the Jewish state and society with demographic flooding (regarding as non-negotiable the proposition that a 7-figure fuzzily defined population of Arabs should have a franchise to settle in Israel at their discretion), and north of 35% who regard the dissolution of the State of Israel as a non-negotiable component of any settlement. On the one hand, this is absurd. You do not maintain these sort of goals with any adversary you cannot dictate terms to; one thing the UNRWA and various Arab governments have done is to insulate these populations from the reality of their situation.

    This is the reality. Barack Obama, John Kerry, and the Peter Bienarts of this world play let’s pretend.

  • Art Deco

    In, 1972 and 1976, Israel held municipal elections on the West Bank and Gaza to attempt to devolve some authority to local Arab populations. They elected revanchists. In 1978, Israel signed an accord with Egypt which incorporated provisions which would have allowed for autonomy for the West Bank and Gaza. The PLO rejected it out of hand. In 1993, Israel signed an accord with the PLO which provided for an incremental transfer of control of the West Bank and Gaza to local Arab politicians. The PLO took the opportunity to set up criminal rackets and provide for political violence in Israel. In 1999 and 2000, Israel and the United States attempted to negotiate a comprehensive settlement with the Arab authorities on the West Bank and Gaza. This incorporated territorial soverignty, the cession of Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem, and allowing 100,000 Arabs to settle in Israel. Yasser Arafat rejected it out of hand and launched a terror campaign. In 2005, Israel unilaterally withdrew from the Gaza strip. The local Arabs responding by destroying useful infrastructure and setting up artillery stations to harass Israeli towns nearby. In 2006, Competitive, territory-wide elections were held in the West Bank for the first time since 1956 and in Gaza for the first time ever. About 40% of the ballots went to Al-Fatah, whose metier is double-dealing and running criminal rackets; about 45% went to HAMAS, which makes it’s disposition toward the Jewish state and society verrry clear; about 7% went to an assemblage of communistoid and fascistoid parties which have a different foundational ideology than HAMAS, but the same attitude toward the Jews; a small residuum went to vaguely liberal parties who want a settlement with Israel. In 2008, Ehud Olmert offered Mahmoud Abbas a deal: everything on the other side of the 1949 armistice lines with some small adjustments. Rejected.

    The Arab publics and political class have told you six times since 1971 that they don’t want a settlement with the Jews. They want the Jews dispossessed and dead. When does Peter Bienart hear what they’re saying?