J Street disagrees with Obama on Israel's right to self-defense - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 26.10.09 | 05:07 (IST)

    J Street differed significantly with Obama over whether Israel had the right to use military force in self-defense against Hamas rocket attacks on Sderot. J Street condemned Operation Cast Lead within 24 hours after it started. Furthermore, J Street rewarded Representative Donna Edwards with campaign donations for voting "present" rather than "yes" on Speaker Pelosi's January 9 resolution endorsing Israel's right to self-defense. In contrast, Obama resisted calls to condemn Operation Cast Lead, giving tacit support to the Israeli military operation. Obama, unlike J Street, took the position of Israel's center-left Labor Party or its leftwing Meretz Party that the initial stages of Operation Cast Lead were justified. It is false to claim that J Street's positions are "in line" with those of Obama.

    from the article: J Street convenes in Washington, but can it take on AIPAC?
    First published 15:56 25.10.09 | Last updated 00:05 26.10.09
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