Date: Thu, May 8, 2008 at 6:12 PM
Subject: J Street arrives in Washington
J Street is the name of a brand new Jewish lobbying group in Washington that intend to give American Jews an alternative to AIPAC --- a way to support Israel by supporting peace with the Palestinians. Today my friend Ilene Cohen here in Princeton sent me an advance copy of an op-ed that will appear in this coming Sunday's issue of the Washington Post, written by J Street's executive director, Jeffrey Ben-Ami. Here is what she sent me today:
May 8, 2008
This new lobby will actually promote peace in the Middle East. Now that's a refreshing concept! Those of us in the peace camp, such as it is, need to take back the notion of "pro-Israel" from the "friends" of Israel who long ago mis-appropriated it in the service of Greater Israel, colonialism, and occupation. It's time to end AIPAC's monopoly as Israel's voice in America!
Washington Post op-ed
Five Myths About Being 'Pro-Israel'
By Jeremy Ben-Ami
Sunday, May 11, 2008; B03
Six decades ago, my father fought alongside Menachem Begin for Israel's independence. If you'd have told him back then that politicians in the world's last superpower would be jockeying today to see who can be more "pro-Israel," he would have laughed at you. Grateful as I am for decades of U.S. friendship to Israel, I have to wonder, as the state my father helped found turns 60, just who is defining what it means to be pro-Israel in the United States these days.