Jerusalem – Recently, the self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” American organisation J Street held its third annual conference in Washington, DC. Many on the American Jewish left have been increasingly critical of J Street, either for shifting to the right, or for failing to bring about any meaningful developments in terms of Israeli-Palestinian peace.
Some of these criticisms have resonated with me, specifically those of J Street’s decision to invite former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who has been accused of war crimes and indicted for fraud, to headline its gala dinner. However, my criticism came from a place of deep respect and admiration for what J Street has done and continues to do, and I believe it would be a mistake to overlook its contribution towards opening the discourse in the United States around a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
For more on this story, visit: Why “pro-Israel, pro-peace” J Street still matters by Moriel Rothman – Common Ground News Service.