Diaspora Affairs Minister slams Livni for J street support
By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
February 28, 2011 20:37
Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein sent a strongly worded letter
to opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Monday protesting the letter of
support that she sent the leftist American Jewish lobby J Street. Livni
had wished the organization well in honor of its annual conference and
expressed regret that she could not attend.
Edeslstein said that J Street was engaged in blatant anti-Israel
activity, including lobbying Congressmen to support anti-Israel
legislation, harming efforts of Israeli diplomats to reach out to
college students, and asking the American administration not to veto a
UN resolution condemning Israel. He said Livni made a mistake by
allowing four Kadima MKs to speak at the conference.
"Taking an active part in a conference whose entire goal is to question
Israel's legitimacy and stability crosses a red line that had not been
crossed before by a Zionist party," Edelstein wrote Livni. "Your support
for your MKs participating in the conference is an endorsement by
Kadima of efforts to encourage boycotts of Israel."