Maybe it’s because his disgraceful ambassador to the U.S., Michael Oren, issues arguendo like this:

Addressing a breakfast session at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism’s biennial convention December 7, Ambassador Michael Oren described J Street as “a unique problem in that it not only opposes one policy of one Israeli government, it opposes all policies of all Israeli governments. It’s significantly out of the mainstream.”

After a speech that touched on the spiritual basis for and the threats to the state of Israel, Oren issued an unscripted condemnation of J Street.

“This is not a matter of settlements here [or] there. We understand there are differences of opinion,” Oren said. “But when it comes to the survival of the Jewish state, there should be no differences of opinion. You are fooling around with the lives of 7 million people. This is no joke.”

Oren is describing an organization that places a two-state solution and the preservation of Jewish democracy at the center of Israel’s existence — more important than, say, perverted unjust fantasies of greater Israel that the Israeli right endlessly swears it’s abandoned. Pretty sure that J Street would support policies of, say, the Rabin and Barak governments, and even the Gaza disengagement of the Sharon government, had it been around back then. What’s all the more disgusting about this kind of slander is that Oren will also attack anyone who says Netanyahu is opposed to a two-state solution.

Remember, J Street even backed the Berman Iran sanctions bill. And still Netanyahu’s ambassador to the U.S. would rather act like a third-rate right-wing blogger than a diplomat. If that’s the way he wants it…

Spencer Ackerman

Spencer Ackerman

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