Tegenover de joods-en christen-zionistische (pro-Groot)Israel lobby AIPAC , ontwikkelt zich gelukkig in Amerika een ander J/joods geluid: J-Street. Hoewel qua financiele middelen – en daarmee qua invloed in de Congress – niet te vergelijken met de machtige AIPAC,
was de eerste conferentie van J-Street een groot succes, zie:
Het is te hopen dat J-Street president Obama effectief kan steunen bij zijn streven naar
een rechtvaardige en rechtmatige twee-staten oplossing voor ‘het’ conflict in het Midden-Oosten.
Dat de Zionistische regering van Israel niet blij is met J-Street blijkt uit de onheuse bejegening van een J-Street delegatie van Amerikaanse Congres-leden door de de Israelische onder-minister van Buitenlandse Zaken Danny Ayalon (zie onderaan).
After the Gaza War –
Toward an Abrahamic Peace
The Gaza War of December 2008, climaxing years of hostility, violence, and misery, changed the ethical and political balance of forces in regard to peacemaking among Israel, Palestine, and the Arab states. In the most immediate vicinity of time and space, that war made peace-making harder. It brought about massive death and destruction in Gaza, moved the Israeli government far to the right, and strengthened Hamas in Gaza and in other regions of Palestine. A "ceasefire" that left in place the Israeli blockade of Gaza pointed nowhere.
Outside Israel and Palestine, the war itself, the absence of any resolution arising from it, and the strengthening of right-wing rejectionist elements in both societies brought the beginnings — only the beginnings — of a stronger proactive search for peace, especially in the American public and from the U.S. government.
The Gaza War and its aftermath made even clearer that the movement for a two-state peace will have to include strong pushes and pulls from outside — that is, from the United States, which is the only force able to muster enough clout and (perhaps) enough moral authority to make a difference. It also reinforced a sense of urgency that if a peace settlement is not achieved soon, it may take another generation to move forward, while in the mean time the conflict is likely to intensify and give birth to even greater dangers of violence in and beyond the immediate region.
In response to these factors, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are hinting at a more even-handed effort to make peace, including making demands that the Israeli government stop all forms of increasing settlers and settlements in the occupied West Bank.
At the same time, the Gaza War and its aftermath began to fracture what had been the monolithic stance of the official "mainstream" American Jewish community. Independent-minded "pro-Israel, pro-peace" groups that predated the Gaza War grew considerably stronger in its wake, and began to cooperate in ways they had avoided before. And the rabbis of Reform Judaism directly and explicitly supported Obama’s call to halt settlements, despite opposition from the Israeli government.
These two developments — Jewish and presidential — strengthened each other: An administration that might have quailed from facing unified hostility from American Jews moved forward, as it saw that there was a chance to win some serious measure of Jewish support for (and even more acquiescence in) a peace policy that insisted on Israeli restraint. Pro-peace elements in the Jewish community took new heart and hope from the prospect of a presidential commitment to peacemaking…
In an astonishing breach of diplomatic protocol, rightist deputy foreign minister Danny Ayalon has boycotted a Congressional delegation visiting Israel under the auspices of J Street. The foreign ministry, which normally would arrange meetings for the visiting officials with Israeli government officials has snubbed the group after Ayalon told a receptive audience of Conference of Presidents leaders that J Street had not right to call itself “pro-Israel” because it was anything but…
"J Street", een Amerikaans-Joodse organisatie, presenteert zich als het duifachtige alternatief voor AIPAC en aanverwante organisaties. Men zegt voor Israel en voor vrede te zijn, maar in de praktijk valt dat nogal tegen, zo laat Ami Isseroff zien.
RP [=de, zeer professionele, ‘GroenLinkster’ Ratna Pele]