Ambassadors usually represent U.S. policy, not shape it. But David Friedman is using his close ties with Trump to influence White House strategy.
It’s a dilemma many left-wing Jewish activists are facing these days: How should doves deal with President Donald Trump’s pivot to Middle East peacemaking? Can the same activists who fought fiercely against Trump’s election and who oppose almost everything he stands for embrace the president’s effort to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
Ben-Ami, who founded the J Street eight years ago and serves as its president, expressed a willingness to work on common goals with members and offices of the new administration.
In the midst of a harshly, often hateful election campaign, and amid a Jewish community increasingly divided over Israel, some 300 attendees gathered to see Wolpe moderate a debate — “a conversation,” he insisted — between exemplars of the mainstream community’s polar opposites on the biggest question facing the Jewish state.
The liberal Israel lobby group J Street has not allowed the high-profile journalist Ari Shavit to speak at its events since a staffer accused him of sexual misconduct in 2014, the Forward has learned.
J Street is launching a campaign to encourage Jewish organizations to distinguish between Israel and the West Bank, including in fundraising.
The dovish group J Street has lost its bid to gain admission to the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations by a suprisingly large margin of 22-17.
I’ve moderated heated public programs on Israel for years, Jane Eisner writes. But this was the first time a panelist has stormed offstage.
J Street launched its annual conference with newfound importance — and a major campaign aimed at getting Americans to endorse a two-state solution.
J Street has been battling since its founding five years ago to gain recognition in the Jewish community. As its annual conference looms, it is celebrating unprecedented success.