When an idea is thoroughly debunked by the facts, wouldn’t you think that
intelligent people would change their minds? The world, we now know, isn’t flat.
The planet actually revolves around the sun, and not the opposite.
when it comes to “peace” activists, nothing, but nothing, seems to alter their
conceptions: not the bloodbath that drenched Israel ushered in by the Oslo
“Peace” Accords, and not the hell on earth that happened to communities in range
of rocket fire from the disengaged Gaza – the final straw that debunked the land
for peace delusion.
Or so we thought.
J Street, a virulently
anti-Israel and anti-Zionist propaganda machine, founded by Jeremy Ben-Ami with
money from virulently anti-Israel George Soros, is a perfect
Jeremy Ben-Ami, a public relations expert, is a perfect example.
Having come to Israel in the ’90s to help Peace Now realize its delusions, he
saw instead an era of bloodshed and civilian deaths. Finding these ideas now
totally unsellable to Israelis, he repackaged the shoddy goods, and with his
marketing genius and undiminished enthusiasm for ideas that don’t work,
repackaged them in bright new colors to sell in America to gullible, liberal
young Jews who are only too eager be sold.
And what exactly is J Street
selling? 1. That if Israel moves back to the pre-1967 borders (called the Lines
of Auschwitz) there will be peace. (Hello, were you awake in the last decade?)
2. That Israel is totally to blame for the Arab hatred against it, which will
completely dissipate by giving up land.
3. And that if the Israeli
government won’t do what Ben-Ami and his leftist cabal want, then maybe American
Jews can elect enough anti-Israel congressman to pressure the US government into
forcing the tiny Jewish state, besieged on all sides by homicidal maniacs, to
indefensible borders that will usher in its demise.
Are Ben-Ami and his
organization being deliberately deceptive? Is he a liar, or are he and his
followers simply deluded? Was Shimon Peres a liar or deluded when he wrote his
book The New Middle East? Was Yitzhak Rabin deceptive or deceived when he shook
Yasser Arafat’s hand? Was Bill Clinton? And what about Barack Obama, when he
meets with Iranian leaders to talk about compromise over the Iranian nuclear
program? Does it matter? Whether the people whose policies ushered Abdel-Basset
Odeh – a member of Hamas’s Izzadin Kassam Brigades, from the West Bank city of
Tulkarm – into the dining room of Netanya’s Park Hotel on Seder night, where he
blew himself up amid elderly Holocaust survivors and their families, were
deliberate liars or delusional idiots, what matters is that their ideas, their
agenda, their sincere beliefs got people killed in the worst, most barbaric way
Dead is dead.
J Street is the resurrection of the bloody
corpse of the worst idea anyone ever had about how to achieve peace in Israel:
the idea that goodwill on one side only is enough to achieve true compromise and
sincere, long-lasting peace.
What is that saying about doing exactly the
same thing and expecting totally different results? Isn’t that called insanity?
To J Street’s customers, American Jews, whose sincere love of Israel and
frustrated desire to see the bloodshed end is pushing them towards the usedcar
salesmen of that organization, I say: please don’t be fooled. J Street is
neither pro-Israel nor pro-peace. We in Israel want peace more than anyone, and
have elected a government that shares our dreams – and doesn’t need outside
pressure from lobbyists like Soros and his protégé Ben-Ami to achieve
Whatever J Street is telling Israel’s supporters, its list of
contributors tell quite a different story. Let’s do it alphabetically: Richard
Abdoo, leader of the Arab Council; Wagih Abu-Rish of the Arab American
Institute; Magdi Badawy, a Stop the Occupation activist; Nidal Ayyat from
Dharam, Saudi Arabia; Farhan Bhatti, PR director for the Islamic Center. And
that’s only up to the beginning of the B’s! And let’s not forget Genevieve
Lynch, board member of the National Iranian American Council (outed as a
lobbying group for the mullahs), who is on J Street’s finance committee and
contributed $10,000 to it. Or Nancy Dutton, an attorney who once represented the
Saudi Embassy in Washington. And then there is Mehmet Celebi, the former
president of the Turkish American Cultural Association, who co-produced the
viciously anti-American Valley of the Wolves: Iraq, a 2006 film that depicts a
Jewish American doctor harvesting organs from prisoners.
In fact, 50
percent of J Street’s budget comes from outside the US, from people who are not
always known for their pro-Israel stances, to put it mildly.
Jewish mouthpieces of J Street don’t seem to need much encouragement from its
anti-Israel contributors to bash Israel. They seem to do it quite naturally at
In an article by Alan Dershowitz published by the
Huffington Post in April 2010, the longtime Israel advocate says that the
organization has “gone over to the dark side” by supporting the ugly and false
hypothesis so favored by Israel haters, namely that Israeli “intransigence” is
endangering American soldiers. “In the letter to The New York Times on April 21,
2010, Jeremy Ben- Ami, speaking on behalf of J Street, included the following
paragraph: ‘An analysis of the Obama administration’s calculus on Middle East
policy should reflect that many in the Jewish community recognize that resolving
the conflict is not only necessary to secure Israel’s future, but also critical
to regional stability and American strategic interests.”
co-founder of J Street, said it clearly: “If a collective Jewish presence in the
Middle East can only survive by the sword, it cannot be accepted.”
me get this straight: If we Jews dare to defend ourselves from our enemies, it
makes the Jewish state untenable? After the Holocaust, I actually thought that
was one of the reasons for Zionism, a homeland where Jews could defend
themselves from their enemies? Not a very pro-Zionist or pro-peace statement,
wouldn’t you agree? Dr. Charles Jacobs sent me a link to a very interesting,
balanced and factual film he has been involved in creating about J Street. When
it’s ready for distribution, I hope everyone will screen it before succumbing to
the rhetoric of this dangerous organization, which is making so many converts in
synagogues and on college campuses across America.
The road to J Street
might be paved with good intentions. But as we saw with Oslo, this kind of
delusional thinking inevitably ends up covering our streets in Israel with
Believe me, I know. I was at the Park Hotel on Seder night 2001.