Shocka: J Street opposes anti-Goldstone resolutionJ Street, the
J Street has put out two statements on Goldstone, neither one of which actually condemned the report. But the same day that we reported this resolution had been introduced in Congress, J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami told Jeffrey Goldberg that his organization "refuses to embrace the Goldstone report." Naturally, we asked if J Street would therefore support the Ros-Lehtinen-Berman resolution.The Weekly Standard is also reporting that Judge Goldstone has
The answer from J Street policy director Hadar Susskind was comical in its vagueness. "There's a lot of space between condemn and embrace," Susskind told me, after saying that he'd not had a chance to read the resolution that had been circulating in the House for over a week at that time. Indeed, there is a lot of space between condemn and embrace, and Spencer Ackerman reports that J Street will put out a statement that boldly falls somewhere in between then two. J Street will say it is "unable to support" the resolution, and instead offer a fantasy list of items it would support in a resolution on Goldstone -- none of which include condemnation of the report itself.
But it seems that certain elements of J Street have indeed embraced Goldstone and his report. Upon further inspection of the Goldstone letter, the actual author seems to be Morton H. Halperin, who serves on the J Street advisory council and is a senior adviser at George Soros's Open Society Institute. The original document can be downloaded here. (A check of the file's "properties" reveals the author as Morton H. Halperin.)It does indeed.
Looks like that 'pro-Israel' sign is being put away permanently.