The J Street conference will feature speakers from the ultra-left New Israel Fund and anti-Israel organizations IfNotNow and the Palestine Liberation Organization.
By United with Israel Staff
A slew of Democratic presidential candidates is scheduled to speak at J Street’s 2019 National Conference.
The radical left-wing group’s conference will feature in-depth interviews on foreign policy and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with Democratic presidential candidates, including Sen. Michael Bennet, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Secretary Julian Castro, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Bernie Sanders, a statement by J Street said.
“We’re excited that these presidential candidates will be sharing their visions for the future of US foreign policy with thousands of pro-Israel, pro-peace Americans,” stated J Street President Jeremy Ben-Ami.
“As our movement works to help defeat Donald Trump, we want to hear how those running to replace him in the White House plan to revitalize diplomacy, confront the global threat of rising ethno-nationalism and promote a more just and peaceful future for Israelis and Palestinians,” he said.
Each candidate will be interviewed individually on-stage by former Obama administration national security officials Ben Rhodes and Tommy Vietor.
“While many in the Trump administration seem eager to exacerbate conflict and drag us into war, now is the time for Democrats to chart a smart, principled and effective course for US foreign policy,” Rhodes said.
“With its strong support for the Iran nuclear agreement and the two-state solution, J Street has been a leading advocate for diplomacy. We can’t wait to join them to dive into these issues with the presidential contenders,” said Vietor.
In a poll conducted on Wednesday by Morning Consult, former vice president Joe Biden has a substantial lead over the rest of the field with the support of 31 percent of Democratic primary voters, followed by Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren at 21 percent and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 18 percent.
The three frontrunners are followed by California Senator Kamala Harris at seven percent and South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg at six percent.
The J Street conference will be held October 26-29 and will feature leading activists, policymakers and experts discussing the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and American foreign policy in the Middle East.
It will also feature, among others, former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and speakers from the ultra-left New Israel Fund and the anti-Israel IfNotNow and Palestine Liberation Organization.
According to J Street‘s mission statement, the organization functions to “advocate policies that advance shared US and Israeli interests as well as Jewish and democratic values, leading to a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
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