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Students committed to standing up for Jewish, democratic values, in United States and Israel

NOAH A. PENSAK | Posted: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 11:21 am

Earlier this month, 85 students from Arizona’s universities traveled to Washington, D.C., for J Street’s National Conference. Last month, President Donald Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally met for the first time in Washington. Those of us who long for peace and are committed to Israel’s character as a Jewish and democratic state have been troubled by the Trump administration’s ambivalence about some of the most fundamental issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and their first public appearance together did not assuage our concerns.

While Trump and his advisers have advanced policies and rhetoric that erode democracy and democratic values in the United States, the pro-settlement faction in Israel has celebrated new settlement expansions and the retroactive legalization of Israeli settlements. The future of a two-state solution is at risk, and one thing is clear: We have a responsibility to fight to make our voices heard and to stand up for Jewish and democratic values, here and in Israel.

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