The article referred to
J Street’s Capitol Hill lobbying without specifying what it pursued. In fact,
the group has lobbied Congress to oppose condemnations of Palestinian incitement
against Israel and Jews, and it urged an immediate cease-fire when Israel
counterattacked against Hamas rocket fire from the Gaza Strip in 2008. J Street
has also contributed to the campaigns of members of Congress who have opposed
funding of Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.
If one is known by the
company he keeps, J Street’s featuring of former secretary of state James
Baker III, with
his notorious “F--- the Jews, they don’t vote for us anyway” statement
and his dismissiveness of Israel’s interest in real peace, at its conference
last month was telling. So was its invitation to Palestinian negotiator Saeb
Erekat, best known for peddling the false “Jenin
massacre” claim during the second intifada.
The article’s assertion that the larger and truly pro-Israel lobby, the
American Israel Public Affairs Committee , is conservative while J Street
is liberal just doesn’t hold up. AIPAC supporters and leaders include
Democrats, Republicans and independents. J Street’s actions, despite its
“pro-Israel, pro-peace” slogan, are essentially pro-Palestinian.
Morris Amitay, Fairfax
The writer is a former
executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.