(JNS.org) The self-described “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby group J Street has launched a petition denouncing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s assertion that he will be speaking for all Jews when he addresses Congress next month.
J Street’s petition states, “Israel’s Prime Minister is not the spokesman for all Jews.” Netanyahu made the remarks last Sunday, telling French supporters of the Likud party that he traveled to Paris last month after the series of Islamist terror attacks there not only the prime minister of Israel, but as the “representative of the entire Jewish people.”
“He’s in the middle of a tough election campaign, battling along with other party leaders for the right to represent Israelis—but he certainly cannot claim any mandate to speak for Jews in the United States,” J Street wrote in the petition. “Add your name. Help us let his Ambassador in Washington, Ron Dermer, know that—as an American, as a Jew—Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t speak for you.”