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Old 04-15-2008, 11:14 AM   #1
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J Street

I think this is a very positive development.

New Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace PAC Hits Ground Running

By M.J. Rosenberg - April 15, 2008, 7:51AM

This has been talked about for years. But today the "J Street Project" is being rolled out.

It's purpose is to raise political money for candidates who manifest their support for Israel not by assiduously, devotedly, and energetically defending the status quo but by supporting the two-state solution.

This is good news. There are several good groups in the business of educating, advocating and lobbying for the two-state solution. But, until now, none has directly got involved in raising campaign funds to promote peace and security for Israel and the Palestinians. (By law, these organizations cannot do that).

But that it what J Street will be doing.

At this point, who knows if it will succeed. It is up against perhaps the most powerful foreign policy lobby in the country, one that freely exercises that power to keep Congress and the executive branch in line. (Also the media, former Presidents, professors, and dog catchers).

But J Street sees an opening. Most Americans and most Jewish Americans support the two state solution and are tired of having a Likud-oriented lobby speaking in their name.

Let's see what happens but I think this could be big.
Here is the NPR report on J Street from this morning.
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