I’m posting it here, this J Street petition against the planned address to the U.S. Congress by Prime Minister Netanyahu. Please consider signing and passing around –even if you think it’s too bland and understates the issue. The statement is pretty parve, but I’m guessing that, politically, the thinking at J Stree was to shoot for as broad a base as possible.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent stunt is crossing and scrambling many red lines simultaneously. These relate to the integrity of the American political system, U.S.-Israel relations, and American Jewish politics, including American Jewish support of Israel.
The Prime Minister of Israel and his allies in Israel and in the Republican Party do not seem to understand that it’s the President of the United States whose charge it is to make American foreign policy, that Israel depends upon bi-partisan support from its American patron, and that the first political allegiance of American Jews is this country and its institutions, including the presidency, no matter what one might think about who holds the office and his or her conduct of foreign policy.
If anyone can find a stronger statement, especially ones calling upon or supporting members of Congress and the Senate to boycott the speech, please send it to me and I’ll sign and pass it around.