Last updated on: 9/23/2015 | Author: ProCon.org

J Street Biography

Position:
Pro to the question "Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?"
Reasoning:

“The future of Israel depends on achieving a two-state resolution to the conflict with the Palestinian people. The Palestinians too must have a national home of their own, living side-by-side with Israel in peace and security. It serves Israel’s and America’s interests, and it is right and just.

Israel must choose among three things: being a Jewish homeland, remaining democratic and maintaining control over all the land between the Jordan and the Mediterranean. It can only have two — it can only be both Jewish and democratic by giving up the land on which a Palestinian state can be built in exchange for peace.

For too long, pro-Israel advocacy has defined this conflict in zero-sum terms, as ‘us versus them,’ a conflict in which there can be only one winner. But being pro-Israel doesn’t require an ‘anti.’ Israel’s long-term security actually depends on fulfilling the aspirations of the Palestinian people through a two-state solution.”

“About J Street,” jstreet.org, 2012

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans fighting for the future of Israel as the democratic homeland of the Jewish people. We believe that Israel’s Jewish and democratic character depend on a two-state solution, resulting in a Palestinian state living alongside Israel in peace and security.”

“About J Street,” jstreet.org, 2012

Mission:

“Rooted in our commitment to Jewish and democratic values, J Street is redefining what it means to be pro-Israel in America. We are changing the U.S. political dynamics around Israel by mobilizing broad support for a two-state solution because it’s in Israel’s and America’s interest. And we are expanding support for Israel by affirming — along with many Israelis — that being pro-Israel doesn’t require supporting every policy of its government.

We have the responsibility to fix the broken politics in America around Israel. Only with your help can J Street succeed in our fight for the future of Israel as the Jewish and democratic homeland.”

“About J Street,” jstreet.org, 2012

Other:
501(c)(4) non-profit corporation and registered lobby
Quoted in:
  1. Should the Palestinian Territories Continue to Receive Aid from the United States?
  2. Is a Two-State Solution (Israel and Palestine) an Acceptable Solution to the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict?
  3. Should Jerusalem Be the Undivided Capital of Israel?
  4. How Is Israel Governed?