Since I get my news of American Jewry mostly from the media, I was nervous about the acceptance/rejection of extreme Left J Street by the "Presidents' Conference." My contact there had told me that's "it's being worked on," the rejection, that it, but still I wasn't confident. He was right. J Street is out in the gutter as far as the "Presidents' Conference" is concerned.
In a rebuke to the relatively young but very well (and oddly so) financed group J Street, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations decisively rejected the group’s bid for membership.I'm relieved by their rejection. Extreme Left anti-Israel groups, whether Jewish or not, should not be accepted. And I find the support by American President Obama to such an extreme Left anti-Israel Jewish group to be terribly suspicious. Is there a connection between the Obama backers/controllers and the J Street ones?
J Street has only been in existence since 2008, but it shot out of the starting block with hundreds of thousands of dollars in the bank and the backing of a wide array of well-connected American (mostly) Jews (mostly) who were itching to establish a new standard for the American Jewish community’s attitude towards Israel...
But J Street’s star rose along with President Barack Obama’s election to office. The first year of its existence, J Street was already invited into the pantheons of American political and media power.
With the kind of cachet that adheres to those close to positions of wealth and power – for it is, as always, wealth and power that gives prestige, even if the wealth and power belongs to those who claim to disdain such “conservative” markers of strength, J Street’s coffers were well-stocked and its dance card was always filled. (Jewish Press)
Apparently as Left wing as the American Jewish community is, the broad-based Presidents Conference very firmly rejected J Street.
JNS.org – In what many observers will see as the de facto expression of mainstream U.S. Jewry’s outlook on J Street, members of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Wednesday voted 22-17 (with three abstentions) to reject the membership application of the self-labeled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby. J Street secured the votes of only about a third of the Conference’s 50 members. (Algemeiner)It's interesting that this happened just as Obama's high-pressured "peace initiative" fizzled and failed.
J Street, just like Obama and Kerry who are their biggest supporters, have no right to try to impose their extreme Left ideologies on the State of Israel. It's that simple. I'm very glad that the Presidents Conference booted them out.