As your article points out, in the five years of its existence, J Street has experienced tremendous success in changing the pro-Israel political equation here in the U.S.
It has grown despite a constant volley of attacks from right-wing forces mostly based on misinformation and distortions. While other organizations may give lip service to the idea of peace based on a two-state solution, J Street works for this goal as its No. 1 priority, knowing that Israel’s future as a democracy and Jewish homeland depends upon it.
Contrary to the assertions of its critics, J Street’s positions are right in the mainstream, reflecting the views of American Jews who want the U.S. to protect Israel from traditional security threats such as Iran, Hamas and Hezbollah, but also recognize that the lack of a two-state solution poses an existential threat to Israel’s survival as a Jewish and democratic homeland.
JStreetPAC’s endorsement of Senate Majority Whip Richard J. Durbin, D-Ill., a political heavyweight with impeccable pro-Israel credentials, is a sign that more and more members of Congress agree with J Street’s message and — just as importantly — are no longer afraid to say so.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.