Israel's Knesset Debate and J Street's Agenda

In an unusual hearing last Wednesday, Israeli lawmakers of the Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs committee gathered to discuss whether or not J Street, a Jewish advocacy group that calls itself "pro-Israel, pro-peace," should be declared anti-Israel.During the hearing, Knesset members expressed opposing views. While Kadima MK Otniel Schneller told J Street representatives, "You are not Zionists and you do not look out for Israel's interests," Kadima MK Nahman Shai said, "...even though I do not necessarily agree with the group's opinions, I do accept the fact that they have the right to represent their position." Others, such as Labor MK Daniel Ben Simon, advocated on J Street's behalf, saying he is "proud to support them."American Jewish organizations and analysts also disagree on the matter. While Abraham Foxman, the Anti-Defamation League's national director, said "I would hope that the Israeli Knesset had better things...(Read Full Post)