N. Y. leftist Jewish group pressures Rice on Israel

According to Haaretz

NEW YORK – New York Jewish leaders encouraged U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to intervene aggressively in the Israeli-Palestinian dispute over the Gaza border crossings, telling her this would gain the support of American Jews, according to sources affiliated with the community’s liberal wing.

In particular, the sources said, they urged her to take a tough line against Israel, especially on issues such as a settlement freeze and dismantling illegal settlement outposts. The sources said several leading New York Jews held talks with Rice recently at which these issues, as well as the impasse over the border crossings, were discussed.

However, they also urged her to press the Palestinian Authority to meet its commitment to fight terror.

Among others, Rice met in Washington earlier this month with the heads of the left-wing Israel Policy Forum, who expressed their views on various aspects of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The article reports that other Jewish leftist groups, Americans for Peace Now and the Reform Movement, for example, all urge Rice to take a tough stand with Israel.

Secretary Rice may need to be informed that the New York Jewish Left does not represent the views of many Jews in this country and she should not consider that those groups speak for all American Jews.