J STREET DOES NOT MEET THRESHOLD FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THE CONFERENCE OF PRESIDENTS

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014, New York, NY… After a lengthy and thorough process, the full membership of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations convened to consider the application for membership submitted by J Street. The process included three meetings of the Membership Committee, including one at which representatives of J Street made a presentation and answered questions. Membership Committee representatives held additional meetings with J Street representatives. After a full discussion, a vote was held. J Street did not receive the affirmative vote of two thirds of the fifty member organizations as required by Conference rules.

Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference issued the following statement. “The Conference meticulously followed its long established Process and Procedures Guidelines in considering J Street’s application. We thank Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, Chairman, and the members of the Membership Committee for their dedicated service. A two-thirds affirmative vote of the member organizations is a significant threshold. Some present member organizations did not initially achieve the necessary support but subsequently re-applied and are now members. The present membership of the Conference includes organizations which represent and articulate the views of broad segments of the American Jewish community and we are confident that the Conference will continue to present the consensus of the community on important national and international issues as it has for the last fifty years.”

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  • April 30, 2014 at 11:58 pm
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    Overlooked Psychology of the Arab-Israeli Peace Process
    by Mr. Cohen of the Derech Emet yahoo group 2014/4/27

    In a very famous Bible story, King Solomon threatened to cut a baby in half to satisfy the claims of two women who claimed possession of the same baby (Melachim Aleph, chapter 3, verses 16 to 28).)

    The fake mother did not object to cutting the baby in half, but the real mother begged King Solomon to not do it because the real mother did not want to see her baby die.

    Arabs are very familiar with this Bible story and they apply it to the conflict over possessing “Palestine.” Arabs believe that just as the fake mother in the court of King Solomon was willing to divide the baby, the Israelis are fake owners of “Palestine” because they are willing to divide it.

    According to this logic, Arabs can never agree to less than 100% of “Palestine” because doing so would make them like the fake mother in the court of King Solomon who was willing to divide…

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