Jeremy Ben-Ami

Bibi Speech Gave Us Green Light To Openly Debate Israel — at Last

The legacy of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech wasn’t sound bites or standing ovations. Jeremy Ben-Ami writes that American Jews now know they can debate policy — while supporting Israel.

Big Spenders: Sheldon Adelson, Shawn Evenhaim and Haim Saban at the first conference of the Israeli American Council.

Don't Let the Billionaires Decide

Billionaires like Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban often claim to speak for American Jews on Israel. J Street’s Jeremy Ben-Ami says this needs to end.

Signed and Sealed: From left, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, American Secretary of State John Kerry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius after the deal was signed on early November 24, 2013 in Geneva.

In Reaction to Iran Deal, a Clash of Worldviews

The new Iran nuclear deal has led to some Israel-Diaspora tensions, writes Jeremy Ben-Ami. The truth is: Most American Jews want a diplomatic solution.

On Israel, a Fork in the Road

Benjamin Netanyahu’s imminent return to the prime minister’s office is likely to force a long-overdue discussion in the American Jewish community over what it really means to be “pro-Israel.”

For Israel's Sake, Moderate American Jews Must Find Their Voice

In just a few short years, the “two-state solution” has gone from presumed conclusion to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to an increasingly distant hope. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has himself said that without such a deal, “the State of Israel is finished.”

Rescue and Resistance

Sixty-eight years ago this week, Adolf Hitler unleashed the infamous Kristallnacht pogrom. Savage mobs beat and murdered Jews, smashed their stores and burned down synagogues throughout Germany and Austria. My father, then 25, barely eluded this hurricane of destruction: He was on a boat just down river from Vienna, leading 550 Jewish refugees to safety.