The most prominent of those candidates until Durbin was California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who has publicly condemned Israel’s settlement policy in the occupied West Bank and strongly supports negotiations that will result in Israel living side-by-side in peace with a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Other candidates who received J Street’s endorsement for the current election cycle include Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Reps. Ben Ray Luján, D-N.M., and Bill Enyart, D-Ill.
“Most smart Democratic politicians now realize that they need to raise money from the entire Jewish community, whether it’s from those who are members of J Street or those who are members of AIPAC,” Kalik said.
Bloomfield said there was little chance that Durbin’s acceptance of J Street’s endorsement would cost him AIPAC’s support. “He’s been too good, too close, for too long for them to try to find somebody to run against him,” he said. “He has a long history of support for Israel, so nobody can now call him a fair-weather friend.”
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.