The “pro-Israel, pro-peace” advocacy group J Street is reportedly soliciting money from congressional candidates who are known for anti-Israel views.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, J Street has endorsed more than 50 political candidates. Of those, a large number have openly expressed hostility toward the Jewish state. At least six of the candidates oppose an alliance between the U.S. and Israel, reject Israel’s right for self-defense, and have backed measures intended to force Israel to stop the blockade of the Gaza strip.
For example, J Street endorsed U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), who refused to sign a 2009 resolution affirming Israel’s right to defend itself and condemning the Goldstone Report, which author Richard Goldstone himself eventually retracted.
“They’re showing their true colors,” said Morris Amitay, a former executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) who currently runs his own political action committee, told the Free Beacon.
Furthermore, J Street has been known to actively oppose candidates who express differing points of view. For instance, the group has called for the ouster of U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), who opposes a two-state solution and advocates for “one contiguous Israeli state from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.” J Street has also targeted U.S. Rep. Charlie Bass (R-NH), who co-sponsored the United States-Israel Enhanced Security Cooperation Act of 2012.