The conveners of Wednesday’s hearing, a hawkish Likud legislator named Danny Danon and a conservative colleague from the centrist Kadima party, Otniel Schneller, wanted to expose J Street for what they believed it to be — a group of self-doubting American Jews more worried about what their neighbors say than what is good for the state of Israel.
“This is a dispute between those who care what non-Jews will say and those who believe in being a light unto nations, between the mentality of exile and that of redemption,” Mr. Schneller said. “J Street is not a Zionist organization. It offers love with strings attached. They say, ‘We love you only if you behave the way we like.’ ”Yes, Mr. Schneller. You're absolutely right. U.S. support for Israel should come with strings attached. Who is Israel to ask for unconditional love? World politics is not a family. Israel must act responsibly and ethically toward its populace and neighbors, or risk losing U.S. support. What nation could expect anything more or less?
U.S. group, J Street, stirs debate on being "pro-Israel" NY Times
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