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March 23, 2014 1:29 pm

J Street: ‘Unreasonable’ to Expect PA Recognition of Jewish State Right Now

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JNS.org In a letter to supporters of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby J Street, the group’s executive director, Jeremy Ben-Ami, called it “unrealistic and unreasonable” to expect the Palestinian Authority to recognize Israel as a Jewish state at this time.

Ben-Ami’s position mirrors that of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who recently called it a “mistake” to continue to insist on Jewish state recognition in the American-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations.

“J Street agrees that a final, comprehensive agreement to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict will have to address core issues of identity, recognition, rights and redress,” Ben-Ami wrote, according to a March 21 post on the J Street blog. “However, we also believe that failure to resolve these issues at this point should not derail these negotiations. These issues are appropriately settled as part of a final peace agreement—and not now as part of a framework for continued negotiations.”

Ben-Ami added, “Once the parties have settled borders, security, Jerusalem and refugees, mutual recognition can be part of a package deal. But it is simply unrealistic and unreasonable to expect any Palestinian leader to consent to what has become for all intents and purposes an Israeli ultimatum right now.”

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  • Allan Fritz

    I attended a session at a synagogue today where a representative of CAMERA spoke, J Street came up and then I read an article from the Washington Post and J Street was the title but many of the points against J Street were also mentioned. The session was about Jews who are anti Israel. That to me is an abomination.

  • Sydell Gross

    How can J street follow the present Administration regarding Israel when it goes directly aginst the very fiber of who we are as Jews and the foundation of Israel.Up until now the only ones I thought objecting to Israel as a Jewish State were the Arabs
    Has J Street no shame or pride?

    • Emanuel

      J Street was manufactured by Obama from day 1, what Jew holds those views? It was never plausible to believe those position came from any other source.


    Yes, and when there is a “final settlement” J Street will say, “Well now when there can be peace why even worry about recognizing Israel as a Jewish State?” J Street remains what it always has been: an anti-Zionist shill of the Obama administration.
    Rabbi Ephraim Yisrael Rubinger

  • Kris Kristian

    What utter rubish.
    Once the Arabs get what they want out of Israel, they will have no reason at any time to change their attitude.

    J Street is no freind of Israel. They would help the Arabs to destroy Israel