J Street calls on Biden to ‘change course,’ call for immediate ceasefire

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

The dovish Middle East lobby J Street issues a statement calling on the Biden administration to “change course” and demand an “immediate” ceasefire between Israel and terror groups in Gaza.

“To date, the Biden administration has simply not done enough to demand, broker and achieve an immediate end to the violence and destruction,” the group claims.

“While a large number of Congressional Democrats and at least one senior Senate Republican have called on both Israelis and Palestinians to reach an immediate ceasefire, the Biden administration has still not publicly done so.”

“They have also provided near blanket diplomatic cover for the Netanyahu government. This combination of inadequate ‘quiet’ appeals for de-escalation, and otherwise nearly unquestioning public support for and tolerance of the Netanyahu government’s actions, is unhelpful,” it adds, calling for the US to also support the release of a “balanced” Security Council statement on the matter and “appoint a senior-level special envoy to direct and coordinate US policy related to the conflict.”

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