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Durbin Accepts Endorsement From Pro-Peace, Pro-Israel J Street

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The most prominent of those candidates until Durbin was California Democrat Dianne Feinstein, who has publicly condemned Israelís 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 Streetís endorsement for the current election cycle include Democratic Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico and Reps. Ben Ray LujŠn, D-N.M., and Bill Enyart, D-Ill.

ďMost smart Democratic politicians now realize that they need to raise money from the entire Jewish community, whether itís from those who are members of J Street or those who are members of AIPAC,Ē Kalik said.

Bloomfield said there was little chance that Durbinís acceptance of J Streetís endorsement would cost him AIPACís support. ďHeís been too good, too close, for too long for them to try to find somebody to run against him,Ē he said. ďHe has a long history of support for Israel, so nobody can now call him a fair-weather friend.Ē

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