Letter: Truly shameful statements
Recently, New Hampshire GOP Chairwoman Jennifer Horn claimed that J Street, a pro-Israel, pro-peace advocacy organization, was a “radical fringe group” that had made “shameful statements” about Israel.
This unwarranted attack is as false as it is offensive. This attack was apparently brought on by the latest outbreak of Israel/Gaza hostilities.
Regarding current negotiations, the allegedly “radical” J Street “urge(s) that the focus turn quickly to the pursuit of a sustainable, long-term arrangement that addresses the underlying issues in and root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
J Street believes that a two-state solution “within a broader regional and comprehensive agreement is . . . necessary, just and possible.”
An agreement must include meeting the security needs of Israel, addressing the humanitarian situation in Gaza, empowering the moderate forces in Palestinian society and adopting a comprehensive, regional approach to resolving the Arab-Israel conflict.
This is “radical”? This is “fringy”? Really?
In fact, polls show that most American Jews support J Street’s policy positions, with 79 percent supporting a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and 81 percent supporting U.S. leadership in helping Israel and the Palestinians reach a peaceful resolution.
As for “shameful statements,” the New Hampshire GOP has no further to look than its own shameful and insulting press release.
The state Republican Party should apologize for smearing J Street and its numerous American Jewish supporters.