It pains me greatly to say this, but I believe that Morton Klein, president of the Zionist Organization of America, is right and editor Gary Rosenblatt is wrong [regarding Klein’s statement that J Street is anti-Israel and Rosenblatt’s taking exception to that in his blog entry, “Don’t Call J Street ‘Anti-Israel’”].
Any organization that did the following is anti-Israel (as Rosenblatt does include in his entry): supported the Goldstone report; and called on the U.S. administration to veto a UN resolution condemning Israel.
In addition, J Street did not tell the truth about financial support from George Soros, and constantly and publicly criticizes Israeli policy.
Rosenblatt wrote: “Many college students and Jewish men and women in their 20s who are progressive in their politics are not going to be drawn to groups on the right like ZOA. Better they should be engaged with J Street than not at all.”
But there are other options, like Birthright Israel, and our community should increase support of these programs rather than give students and others only two options.