The Other Pro-Israel Lobby Senses Its Moment

If you haven’t heard of J Street, you’re not alone. The self-styled “pro-Israel, pro-peace” group was launched a year ago, but it’s mostly toiled in the formidable shadow of AIPAC, the half-century-old lobbying powerhouse that has long been regarded as the voice of the American Jewish community on matters relating to Israel—and that, as the New York Times put it this week, regards J Street as “lint.”
But J Street’s moment, if it is to have one, may soon arrive, thanks in no small part to Israel’s recently elected right-wing government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu. Netanyahu addressed this week’s AIPAC conference in Washington and made headlines by pledging his commitment to renewed political negotiations with the Palestinians—a reversal that suddenly puts him on the same page as Barack Obama.

The Other Pro-Israel Lobby Senses Its Moment