Time was that J Street didn’t get invited into synagogues. It was considered anti-Israel because it was fracturing the monolith of support that American Jews must present in US politics. Well, Temple Isaiah in Los Angeles is having J Street at a panel next week. Along with the militant Zionist organization, StandWithUs.
Why is J Street sharing a stage with the hardline group, whose messaging verges on Islamophobia? Because the Jewish community is extremely conservative; and J Street is seeking to organize that community to solidify the new pro-Israel two-state-solution lobby. For the same reason, J Street has always been careful to praise AIPAC; for it wants AIPAC’s legions.
From the Jewish Federation/Temple Isaiah announcement:
What do you get when you put the heads of two major pro-Israel advocacy organizations in a room? On March 11, J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami and StandWithUs CEO Roz Rothstein will discuss “Israel’s Future and the Role of the American Jewish Community,” touching upon the evolving meaning of what it means to be pro-Israel and what the American Jewish community should be doing to support Israel.
Notice that the Jewish Federation of LA has a big red disclaimer on the event: “The Federation is not involved in the planning of this event.”