Tom Perriello, the “common good” Catholic running for Congress in Virginia 5, succeeded in picking up one of the handful of endorsements that J Street is handing out in its maiden run. In response, Perriello made with the right phrase when dealing with a progressive Jewish endorsement:
As a national security consultant with experience in conflict resolution, I understand the importance of rededicating the U.S. to solutions in the Middle East that will ensure security for America and for our great partner, Israel. I also strongly believe that our foreign policy should reflect the traditional Jewish doctrine of tikkun olam – repairing the world – by working to stop genocide and establish justice around the world. I welcome the efforts of JStreetPAC and all those working to strengthen American diplomacy in achieving a two-state solution for Israel and the Palestinians, looking for comprehensive regional solutions, and achieving a global community that reflects the rule of law and the highest ideals of these two great nations.
This is the interfaith left in action.