For those who are home, and for those who are on the way. For those who support the historic and just return of the land of Israel to its people, forever loyal to their inheritance, and its restoration.
"J Street U Supports...Israel’s right to exist as a ... sovereign nation with the right to defend itself against external threats;"
Now keep your eye on the ball.
J Street U support Israel's right to defend itself against external threats.
The Statement of Principles doesn't qualify this with some radical line like "J Street U support Israel's right to defend itself against external threats via nonviolent means."
When J Street U states in its Statement of Principles that is supports "Israel's right to defend itself against external threats" J Street U is supporting Israel's right to have an army strong enough "to defend itself against external threats."
#3 Now hold that thought and now consider the following evening sponsored by J Street U Jerusalem:
J Street U Jerusalem presents Lochmim L'Shalom/Combatants for Peace: Join us for an evening with Lochmim L'Shalom/Combatants for Peace
"only by joining forces will we be able to end the cycle of violence"
A group of Israeli Soldiers and Palestinian fighters who have decided to lay down their arms and realize their vision of resolving the conflict by peaceful means.
at Kehillat Yedidyah
12 Lifshitz st.
...we declare that we refuse to take part any more in the mutual bloodletting. We will act only by non-violent means...
That's right. These are Israeli soldiers who declare that they will not participate in defending Israel against external threats.
#4. So while J Street U supports "Israel's right to defend itself against external threats" , J Street Y's Jerusalem branch sponsors an evening promoting a group that wishes to strip Israel of its ability to defend itself against external threats.
Question: Will the J Street/J Street U leadership cancel the event?
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I visited Hevron in November 2000 after the outbreak of the Rosh Hashanah War to see what could be done to assist in the face of the growing daily attacks on the community. After returning to work for the community in the summer of 2001, a bond and a love was forged that grows to this day. My wife Melody and I merited to be married at Ma'arat HaMachpela and now host visitors from throughout the world every Shabbat as well as during the week. Our goal, "Time to come Home!"