In a post on the J Street website called "Word on the Street: Difficult Questions and Hard Truths," President Jeremy Ben-Ami claimed:
Getting to the roots of this conflict means that we – as friends of Israel – have to put forward some hard truths that have become even clearer over the past month.He goes on to list four falsehoods about the conflict Israel has with Hamas:
Keeping the Palestinian people locked up under near-total blockade or occupation only strengthens extremists like Hamas, undermines moderate partners like President Abbas, and increases the threat to Israel rather than making it more secure.When Ben-Ami says the blockade is of all the Palestinian people, that is a lie. The sanctions are only on Gaza, which is not "occupied." Perhaps Ben-Ami forgot that Israel hasn't had any citizens in Gaza since August of 2005. When Israeli citizens left Gaza there was no blockade. Israel and Egypt only executed their blockade of Gaza because of Hamas violence. Both countries say they are willing to ease the embargo if Hamas is willing to change their terrorist ways.
When members of Israel’s sitting government openly oppose the two-state solution, spout racism, and promote ideas that undermine Israel’s democratic fabric, it’s hard to view this government as a credible partner for a real and substantial peace.The policy of the Israeli government is a two-state solution. In fact, the last Israeli prime minister who did not believe in a two-state solution was Yitzhak Rabin, two decades ago. Ben-Ami's claims of Israeli racism and not being a partner for peace misrepresents the actions of this and previous Israeli governments.
The Israeli government should pay more heed to the advice of its friends in the White House and the State Department and at a minimum should show them the respect that the country’s closest ally deserves.Israel does pay heed to the advice of her friends in the White House. She even pays heed to members of the Obama Administration. But in the end, just as any sovereign nation, the Israeli government must do what is best to protect Israeli citizens.
Failure to solve this conflict is eating away at support for Israel around the world, damaging the country’s legitimacy and, in some cases, fanning growing flames of anti-Semitism.Israel has more support during this conflict than other recent actions against terrorism. Just by their silence, "moderate" Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia and Jordan have shown their support of Israel's attempt to put Hamas out of business. To suggest that Israel's battle against terrorists causes anti-Semitism is absurd. Anti-Semites will hate Jews no matter what Israel or any other country does.