National Security Adviser Jim Jones emphasizes the importance of getting beyond the status quo in the Israel-Palestine conflict. He commits that President Obama and his team would participate in J Street’s work every year — which is a strong vote of confidence in this new American Jewish organization.
And his commentary on Iran was constructive — not full of the kind of implied bullying that we have heard from other senior Obama administration officials — that does little to move the policy needle on Iran’s course.
I was not pleased, however, with Jones’ characterization of the Goldstone Report — but I do applaud Jones’ focus on the Israel-Palestine challenge and to a viable two-state solution.
— Steve Clemons