Commentary Mag: Why J Street’s ‘Even-Handed’ Approach Isn’t Pro-Israel

Thai-muslim protesters shout anti-Israel slogans during a demonstration at the Israel embassy in Bangkok on January 6, 2009

Commentary Magazine’s Jonathan Tobin opines: The left-wing J Street lobby has tried to brand itself as being both “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace.” The slogan is highly disingenuous because it implies those who disdain their support for pressure by the U.S. government to overturn the verdict of Israeli democracy are not in favor of peace.

The majority of Israeli voters who support policies opposed by J Street want peace just as much as American liberals. The problem with the group is that the “pro-Israel” part of their mantra has been redefined to prioritize the creation of a Palestinian state alongside it as the only formula for saving the Jewish state from itself.

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