J-Street is holding its first ever-national policy conference.
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Chava Gal-Or of Maryland considers herself a progressive who came to J-Street to absorb the progressive energy that she found lacking at other pro-Israel groups.
“As a progressive Jew,” she told me, “I sort of found that everything that I was learning, growing, gravitating towards was so right-wing…I feel like I need to open up my ears and be more part of the progressive energy.”
As for what needs to be done to bring about a peaceful solution in the Middle East, Gal-Or said “we have to listen to each other.” Besides the listening strategy, Gal-Or also said Israel needs “to stop occupying Palestinian villages.”
Some of the others interviewed were more cautious in their assessments, but Palestinian violence and terrorism was barely highlighted as a serious obstacle to peace and only one person interviewed mentioned the threat of Iran, a threat that Israeli governmental officials themselves see as potentially existential. Stopping settlement expansion was emphasized by many of those interviewed as a crucial issue that needed to be pushed — indeed, by its emphasis, perhaps the most crucial. Those interviewed often saw Israel and its enemies as at least equally culpable for the conflict in the Holy Land. One Jewish leader at the conference who didn’t want to be identified expressing his personal views said he thought that “Israel needs to grow up” and get over the idea that every enemy is the next Hitler.
J-Street says one of its missions is to redefine what it means to be pro-Israel. Is this what they meant? If so, perhaps it is not so surprising that one quartercard being distributed at the “pro-Israel” conference sought participants to help break “the illegal siege of Gaza” on December 31st in the “Gaza Freedom March.”
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It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
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H/T to National Review Online