RAMALLAH Feb. 19 (JMCC) - The US lobby group J-Street visited Israel recently with a congressional delegation, sparking a row with the Israeli foreign ministry.
But in the course of defending the group as a pro-Israel organization, J-Street founder Jeremy Ben-Ami laid out its positions on a number of issues, including the United Nations' investigatory report on the war in Gaza last year.
On Goldstone, “those who characterize us in any way as supporting the Goldstone Report are deliberately misrepresenting the position of J Street. J Street urges the Israeli government to listen to some of the wisest voices in your political system – [Intelligence Services Minister] Dan Meridor, [former Supreme Court chief justice] Aharon Barak, [former attorney-general] Menachem Mazuz – who call for an independent and credible investigation of the charges made in the Goldstone Report as the essential and perfect way to counter these charges. We have urged the United States to prevent the report from moving forward in the United Nations. We are opposed to additional United Nations consideration [of the report].”Read more
from the Jerusalem Post...