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J Street Ads Target US Congressmen's Support of Judea, Samaria

J Street has launched a new campaign, insisting Congressmen are "not pro-Israel" if they support Israeli annexation of Judea, Samaria.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 7/15/2012, 3:19 PM

Allen West in Old City visit
Allen West in Old City visit
Arutz Sheva courtesy of Rep. West

J Street has launched a new campaign -- insisting that congressmen Joe Walsh (R-IL) and Allen West (R-FL) are "not pro-Israel" because they support Israeli annexation of Judea and Samaria.

“There is no such thing as a two-state solution, and no such thing as land for peace,” said Walsh, who introduced a resolution last year supporting a proposal that Israel annex Jewish communities located in "disputed territories."

West, who co-sponsored the resolution, is a staunch supporter of the State of Israel, saying last year that a two-state solution would, essentially, mean the demise of Israel as a Jewish state.

The J Street ads single out the Congressmen’s claims, urging constituents to tell them “the two-state solution preserves Israel’s democracy and its security.”

“Opposing it isn’t pro-Israel. It’s playing with fire,” the ad claims.

“In election after election American Jews have stood by and watched while Members of Congress were attacked for supporting pro-Israel, pro-peace policies,” said J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami. “J Street began changing that dynamic by rising to their defense. In this election, we will take that effort to a new level by calling out Members of Congress, like Walsh and West, who are playing with fire when it comes to Israel.”

“We intend to make it crystal clear that there are, indeed, many ways to be ‘pro-Israel’—but supporting a nightmarish one-state scenario is not one of them,” claimed Ben-Ami.

While J Street prides itself as being “pro-Israel” and “pro-peace,” many, if not most, Jewish constituents believe that the organization actually undermines the interests of the State of Israel and Jewish people. Numerous Jewish leaders and organizations have publicly disassociated themselves, altogether, from J Street’s rhetoric and policies.