Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Comment on J Street

...there is no shortage of Jews coming forward to help it [the Obama administration] do so — most notably in the form of J-Street, the...alternative Jewish lobby which has set itself to displace AIPAC and the established Jewish groups.

This describes itself as “pro-Israel, pro-peace.” It is composed of Israeli and Jewish leftists...J-Street is being smiled on by those within the Obama administration who are in tune with J-Street’s appalling core premise: that Israel is to blame for Arab terror — the age-old calumny of blaming the Jews for their own destruction.

The danger of J-Street lies not just in its savvy, web-based mode of operation but through the way it defines itself as “moderate.” So those who believe with overwhelming reason that a Palestine state would bring Iran to Israel’s border are painted as extremists to silence their voice. Yet if they protest, it is the J-Streeters who claim they are being “cowed into silence.”

Melanie Phillips

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