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Monday, September 09, 2013
J Street Won’t Back Obama On Syria Resolution
A pro-Israel group
seen as close to the White House says it has decided not to decide where it stands on Obama’s plan to strike Syria.
WASHINGTON — Liberal pro-Israel advocacy group J Street has decided not to take a position
on the White House’s Syria resolution currently being debated in Congress, the group’s director confirmed to BuzzFeed on Sunday.
“We are not taking a position on the Congressional resolution,” J Street’s executive
director Jeremy Ben-Ami said in an email. “Our statement on Syria from August 29th stands.”
group’s August 29th statement condemns the Syrian regime for its use of
weapons against civilians and calls for the United States and the
international community to “hold President Assad and all responsible for
this heinous crime fully accountable.”
Last week, J Street had still not
decided which side to take on the Syria resolution, a spokesperson said, and were waiting until this week to decide.
Ben-Ami once described his group as President Obama’s “blocking back” in Congress and told The
New Republic earlier this year that “We have the ear of
the White House; we have the ear of a very large segment of Congress at
this point; we have very good relations with top communal leadership in
the Jewish community.”
Meanwhile, AIPAC plans to flood Capitol Hill this week with lobbyists and activists
in support of the administration’s plan, Politicoreported last week.