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Hurdles on J Street

America's new liberal Israel lobby could change the middle east debate in Washington. But it faces major obstacles

J Street, the Israel lobby group launched in Washington on 15th April as an alternative to the right-wing American Israel Public Affairs committee (Aipac) and its allies, generated the predictable brief storms of praise from liberals and scorn from conservatives. Gershom Gorenberg, who previewed it for the April issue of Prospect, wrote in the (unrelated) American Prospect that J Street “might change not only the political map in Washington but the actual map in the middle east.” From the other trench, Noah Pollak at Commentary predicted that the effort would fall flat and at last discredit “the belief that there…

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