Jeremy (J St.) Ben-Ami Wrote Me a Letter

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and was Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center. I am now Deputy Editor of the critical edition in anthology of Jabotinsky's writing in English.

I received this letter this evening:


Settlements are illegal, and it's time for the US to say so

You may have missed it over the long weekend, but Sunday's announcement by Prime Minister Netanyahu is an outrageous blow to the idea of two states for two peoples: the Israeli government is seizing nearly 1,000 acres of West Bank land for another massive settlement project.

Netanyahu says he is committed to a two-state resolution -- but right now the Israeli government's actions say the opposite.

Isn't it time for the US to stop issuing toothless statements of regret and do something real? As a true friend, Washington needs to make the Israeli government understand how much damage it is doing to itself, to peace and to the US-Israel relationship.

Tell President Obama that it's time for the US to state clearly that Israel's settlement project is illegal.

As friends of Israel, we need to send an unambiguous message: we're committed to the future of Israel, and anti-peace actions like this land-grab undermine the legitimacy and future of the Jewish homeland.

Sign now with 1 click. Tell the Obama administration that supporting Israel means standing up against more and more settlement construction and land grabs. Make it clear that the US opposition to settlements is not just symbolic but real.  That's what friendship means: speaking up, before it's too late.

- Jeremy Ben-Ami

There's also a press release.

i inquired exactly what makes the communities in Judea and Samaria illegal and was told to look at this.

Well, I responded to their appeal by asking them to review a former Under-Secretary of State's opinion as well that of Madeline Albright, former Secretary of State, in an interview with Matt Lauer, on the NBC The Today Show on October 1, 1997

...MR. LAUER: But do you think you were blind-sided by the Prime Minister?

SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: I wasn't happy. We had had a conversation, and I felt that going forward with those kinds of buildings was not helpful. It is not in any way not part of what they can do, but they shouldn't do it. MR. LAUER: It's legal. SECRETARY ALBRIGHT: It's legal. But I think that, in this kind of an
atmosphere, it's very important not to take actions that are viewed by the other side as creating more difficulties.

J Street is just playing politics.


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