Question: Will J Street still be inviting the director of the New America Foundation’s Middle East Task Force to its conference later this month, now that he’s said we should begin to consider a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?
NAF’s Amjad Atallah made the comment to 927 Magazine after he was asked whether he thought it was “time to start discussing possible ‘One-State solutions’ for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict?”
Atallah responded that, “Without the possibility of real partition, Palestinians in Israel and in the Diaspora can be expected to reassert their interests and may find willing allies in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Non-partition solutions have now become a necessary part of the discourse.”
J Street has made support of a two-state solution the centerpiece of its organization’s philosophy, but Atallah is still listed as confirmed to speak at J Street’s conference on February 26.
“The two-state solution represents the best way to ensure that Israel remains a democracy and a national home for the Jewish people,” J Street says on its website. In fact, during the 2008 presidential election, J Street attacked John McCain for not being “clear” enough about his support for a two-state solution.
“We have good reason to be concerned about John McCain’s views on Israel,” wrote J Street. “He has actively pursued the support of those who oppose a two-state solution on the evangelical right like Pastor John Hagee and notorious right-wing Jewish financier Sheldon Adelson, who has committed to raising up to $250,000 for McCain’s campaign.”
Of course, while McCain hasn’t indicated support for a one-state solution, Atallah now has. Let’s see if J Street gives Atallah the same treatment.