J-Street's, and Obama's, goal of implementing a construction freeze in E. Jerusalem makes a lot of sense and is supported by many in Kadima, Labor and Meretz. Why, then, the overheated rhetoric about them being anti-semites, communists, traitors, anti-Israel and so on? I think these are the reasons: 1. Extremists love a black and white world and it is natural for them to believe that those who disagree with them must be in a conspiracy with evil. 2. Extremists are deathly afraid of the consequences of their positions (and rightly so) and react hysterically to criticism. 3. Extremists understand in their guts that their positions are in part based on fantasy and denial, and they don't like family pointing it out. There is much to be gained by engagement over demonization. The right has some valid points as does J-Street. If there is to be peace, the center must drive the process, not the extremists.
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from the article: U.S.-Israel tensions ignite 'war of words' among Israel lobbies
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