I am writing to commend my congressman, Stephen Lynch, for his thoughtful and caring comments at the community forum on Israel at Temple Beth Shalom in Needham on June 21. His perspectives on the current suffering in Gaza, the hardening of positions—especially among the young—on both sides and the problems inherent in the blockade were sobering and very timely.
The bottom line offered—that the only viable solution is a two-state solution with a vigorous diplomatic effort led by our government—is one that I completely support as an active member of J Street. J Street is the political home for pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans to advocate for vigorous US leadership to achieve a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to broaden debate around Israel and the Middle East in national politics and the American Jewish community.
I would hope that we continue to engage in this dialogue as a caring community on a regular basis in the future.