For the first time since its inception, J Street, considered to a left-wing organization, has endorsed a U.S. presidential candidate.
“At a time when the threats to our core values both at home and abroad have never been more serious, all of us in the pro-Israel, pro-peace community know that the path to a better future begins with defeating Donald Trump at the polls,” said J Street’s president, Jeremy Ben-Ami in a statement on Friday.
“To help achieve that pivotal goal, we’re thrilled to endorse Vice President Joe Biden, a long-time friend of J Street who truly understands the need for a bold new era of American foreign policy rooted in principled, proactive diplomacy,” he said.
Biden has also largely been supportive of American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a centrist pro-Israel organization considered to be at odds with J Street’s more left progressive positions.
Biden gratefully accepted the endorsement saying “I’m honored to have earned J Street’s first-ever presidential endorsement. J Street has been a powerful voice to advance social justice here at home and to advocate for a two-state solution that advances Middle East Peace.”
To date, the group has committed $240,000 to the campaign through pledges from its leaders and contributions to a nominee fund, which will soon be transferred to the Biden campaign, and intends to raise over $1 million for the former vice-president by Election Day.