Ron Dermer signaling change of Israeli govt. posture towards J Street?
Shlomo Cezana, Israel Hayom, April 27 2010 [page 11; Hebrew original here and bottom of post]
The Israeli Government is changing its attitude towards J Street; it has decided to engage with the lobby — considered not friendly to PM Benjamin Netanyahu, albeit close to the Obama administration — to the front against Iran. Ron Dremer, the PM’s political advisor, will meet today with a delegation of the leadership of the American left wing organization. So far the PMO has abstained from meeting the group’s representatives, but Jerusalem has decided to change strategy, and to try and recruit the lobby to the efforts to impose tougher sanctions on Iran.
A delegation of the Jewish American lobby is visiting Jerusalem this week. Yesterday it met with President Peres, and later this week it will travel to Ramallah and Jordan for further meetings.
A press release the delegation distributed said “J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans. The organization gives political voice to mainstream American Jews and other supporters of Israel who believe that a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is essential to Israel’s survival as the national home of the Jewish people and as a vibrant democracy”.