Democracy Now! is reporting as follows:
Jewish Liberals Form Lobbying Group to Counter AIPAC
In lobbying news, a group of prominent Jewish liberals have formed a new lobbying group and political action committee that they hope will be a counterpoint to AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. The new initiative will be called J Street. Part of its mission will be to push for an Arab-Israeli peace settlement. Democratic fundraiser Alan Solomont said, "We have heard the voices of neocons, and right-of-center Jewish leaders and Christian evangelicals, and the mainstream views of the American Jewish community have not been heard." The Washington Post reports J Street will be hard-pressed to match AIPAC's influence in Washington. AIPAC has more than 100,000 members, eighteen offices around the country and an endowment of more than $100 million. The first year budget of J Street will be about $1.5 million.
Good for them. They aren't Christians, but at least they aren't neocon war-mongers, kleptocrats, or megalomaniacs. At least they are Jews with the backbone to stand up to the war-mongers among their Jewish brothers and sisters. This is the right direction on issues of war and peace. Blessed are the peacemakers. These Jews give back some good name to Jews in general. They help counter anti-Semites. This is a good sign that some Jews, more and more Jews, are waking up, at least somewhat. Any waking up is better than being totally dead of the spirit.