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In the Tent, or Out: That is Still the J-Street Question
Dispatches ^ | Daniel Gordis

Posted on 05/27/2011 8:14:08 AM PDT by ventanax5

Note: On May 3rd, Daniel Gordis addressed the “J-Street Leadership Mission to Israel and Palestine.” The following column is based on his remarks that day.]

Good morning and welcome to Jerusalem. It’s a pleasure to meet with this Leadership Mission; I understand that there are some first time visitors to Israel among you, so a particular welcome to those of you who’ve never been here before.

Before we got seated, one member of your group conveyed a message from the Israeli Consul General in his home community. The message was that I shouldn’t speak to you. As you can imagine, I received similar advice from a wide array of people after I received your invitation; but I’ve chosen to ignore it. As most of you know, I disagree strongly with much of what you do. But I think that we have an obligation to meet with people with whom we disagree. Given the extent of the forces aligned against Israel, seeking to delegitimize the very idea of a Jewish State, the pro-Israel camp needs a big tent. Neither Israel nor the Jewish People will survive if we work only with those with whom we agree. A big tent, by definition, means including people whom we disagree passionately, but who still share our basic goals.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antiisrael; ggg; gordis; israel; jewishstate; jstreet; palestinians

1 posted on 05/27/2011 8:14:12 AM PDT by ventanax5
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To: ventanax5; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

A J Street member is a “JEW” who frantically protects her child against the “evils” of fast food, and ignores the reality of bombs, rockets, and bullets that kill little Israeli children.
A J Street member is a “JEW” who condemns with his every bit of being, Israel’s insistence on having readily defensible borders, in order to keep out millions of sworn enemies.
A J Street member is a “Jew” descending from those in the throng that cheered Neville Chamberlain as he returned from Munich with the “Treaty” that guaranteed “peace in our time”
A J Street member is a “JEW” who doesn’t realize that Auschwitz, Sobibor, and Babi Yar all came about AFTER the Germans had secured their own “PEACE” in that territory.
A J Street member is a “JEW” prepared to say, “Well, maybe just ONCE MORE.”

2 posted on 05/27/2011 9:26:32 AM PDT by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: "We print the news as it fits our views")
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Thanks ventanax5.

3 posted on 05/28/2011 5:37:45 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link --
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To: dennisw; Cachelot; Nix 2; veronica; Catspaw; knighthawk; Alouette; Optimist; weikel; Lent; GregB; ..
Middle East and terrorism, occasional political and Jewish issues Ping List. High Volume

If you’d like to be on or off, please FR mail me.


4 posted on 05/30/2011 6:24:13 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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