October 26, 2009

THERE IS NO "J" IN SELF-LOATHING:

Battle for American Jews: An upstart Washington advocacy group called J Street has mounted a leftist challenge to the hawkish establishment over who speaks for American Jews. (Matthew Yglesias, 10/26/09, Daily Beast)

As the small but vocal minority of conservative Jews rarely tires of lamenting, the vast majority of Jewish Americans persist in holding left-wing political opinions. But on the question of Israel and the broader region in which it’s situated, Jewish political influence has been felt overwhelmingly on the hawkish side—skeptical of concessions to Palestinians, eager to believe that military force can stop terrorism, and more recently pushing for aggressive confrontation with Iran. J Street aims to change that and give voice to those of us who see Jewish identity and support for Israel as part of a progressive, internationalist, and generally dovish worldview.

Because those who favor appeasement and passivity and don't mind Ahmedinejad deserve a voice too?

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 26, 2009 8:15 AM
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