Ethan Bronner, in a May 8, 2011 New York Times article, entitled “Abbas Urges Continuation of U.S. Aid Despite Agreement With Hamas,”reports on PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s business-as-usual stance: urging the U.S. to force Israel to negotiate with the reunited Palestinians and continuing to provide the Palestinians with millions of dollars in aid despite Abbas’s new partnership with terrorist group Hamas. Hamas has steadfastly refused to negotiate with Israel, has called for an end to the “Zionist project” and is committed to armed struggle against the Jewish state.
After learning of J Street’s current public call for the Obama administration to not veto a prospective UN Security Council resolution that..would give fresh and powerful impetus to the effort to internationally isolate and delegitimize Israel, I’ve come to the conclusion that J Street is not an organization with which I wish to be associated.
Nor is anything mentioned about J Street’s funding: it initially denied but later acknowledged receiving funding from George Soros, who is well-known for his philanthropic support of organizations hostile to Israel , and it reportedly has received donations from dozens of pro-Palestinian and Iranian advocates.
While emphasizing the views of J Street, without properly alerting readers to its leanings and track record, Bronner –intentionally or not — bolsters the organization’s own agenda, which would have Israel negotiate with a group sworn to its destruction while the US foots the bill.