Earlier this week, we asked you to help us stop the Senate from kicking the Palestinian Diplomatic Mission out of Washington, DC in retaliation for last week's United Nations vote.
You responded, sending 14,500 emails and making almost 1,000 calls telling Senators the US should not take such a counterproductive step.
And, as ThinkProgress,1 JTA2 and The Forward3 have all made crystal clear: YOU DID IT. The Senate held back, and the amendment to expel the Palestinian Mission was dropped.
This was the first salvo in J Street's new "Our Time to Lead" campaign. Through this campaign, we'll be pressing the President for bold diplomatic action to achieve a two-state solution, and we'll be fighting efforts to set back that cause - like closing the Palestinian Mission.
 - Senate Bill Penalizing Palestinians Does Not Pass, ThinkProgress, 12/05/12
 - Amendment targeting Palestinian funding disappears, JTA, 12/04/12
 - J Street Wins as Senate Omits Statehood Slap, The Forward, 12/05/12
A law that could have cut off U.S. assistance to the Palestinian Authority failed to advance in the Senate on Wednesday, effectively killing it. The defeat of the proposal, an amendment attached to the National Defense Authorization Act that would have cut off aid if the Palestinians brought a case to the International Criminal Court and expelled a Palestinian diplomatic mission in the U.S., is seen as a victory for the pro-Israel group J Street, which lobbied against its passage. An American aid cutoff would have damaged prospects for a two-state solution and hurt ordinary Palestinians, as Palestine’s economy is heavily dependent on foreign aid.The Forward is more cautious:
It’s not clear why it was not approved.
The State Department Spokesperson said:
QUESTION: The Senate just dropped the amendment that they pursued to expel the Palestinian mission from town. Did you play any role in that?
MR. TONER: If we did or we – we constantly consult with Congress on this issue, as we do on any important issue, a foreign policy issue. You’ll have to ask Congress about why this was dropped.