J Street is facing criticism from at least one Jewish group for its “inflammatory and repugnant” campaign to “mobilize American Jews to reject the Prime Minister of Israel’s sense of duty and responsibility to world Jewry.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today criticized J Street for its campaign ahead of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Iran address in front of Congress next month.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
At the height of the controversy surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to Congress, J Street’s petition campaign that attempts to distance itself and American Jews from Israel’s duly elected prime minister is inflammatory and repugnant and exacerbates an already heated and politicized moment for U.S. Israel relations at a critical juncture in the West’s negotiations with Iran.
Let’s remember what is at stake: Preventing extremist Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon that could threaten Israel’s very existence. In that goal, Mr. Netanyahu surely does represent not only Israelis but American Jews as well.
Some have argued Netanyahu’s address, ahead of a Congressional vote on Iranian sanctions, is purposefully divisive. It also comes just days ahead of Israeli elections and was organized without White House cooperation, which is reportedly against protocol.
Various polls this week show most Americans support the prime minister’s address, while most Israelis do not.