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AIPAC cheers, J Street boos US embassy move

Pro-Israel lobby AIPAC is cheering the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

“Today is a momentous day for the US-Israel relationship. The opening of the US embassy in Israel’s capital, Jerusalem, marks the fulfillment of a longstanding bipartisan commitment expressed through decades of US legislation,” AIPAC says, urging other countries to follow suit.

Its excitement is not shared by the dovish J Street.

“This move has only undermined the prospects for peace, exacerbated tensions and undercut US standing as an effective mediator,” says J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami in a statement. “This isn’t policy – it’s pandering to a narrow political base.”

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