The Middle East’s current upheavals make it clear that moving forward on peace between Israel and the Palestinians is more, not less urgent than ever before, President Obama’s point man on the Middle East told conferees attending J Street’s annual Washington conference.
Although relations between J Street and the Israeli government had thawed in the past year, the group’s recent refusal to denounce a U.N. resolution condemning Israel’s settlement policy has soured relations once again.7
The three-day J Street conference that opened in Washington on Saturday night was the group’s largest gathering so far and underscored the dovish, pro-Israel lobby’s fast growth since its inception less than three years ago. But it also provided a glimpse into J Street’s ongoing struggle to define itself.
A long and at times ugly legal battle between the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and its former employee Steve Rosen ended Wednesday with victory for AIPAC.
As the head of a charity ranked among the fastest-growing in the nation, and with an overall compensation package of more than $800,000, Alan R. Morse just might be one of the highest-paid nonprofit executives in the Jewish world.9
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