Security adviser to address J Street

Tony Blinken, national security adviser for Vice President Joe Biden, will address

J Street’s annual conference starting this weekend.

Blinken will address a session on the U.S. role in resolving the Arab-Israel conflict and join a panel afterward at the March 24-27 conference.

Obama administration officials attending previous conferences of the dovish pro-Israel group include former national security adviser James Jones in 2009 and Dennis Ross, the architect of Obama’s Iran policies, in 2011.

Keynoters this year include Amos Oz, the Israeli novelist and peace activist; Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister; Anat Hoffman, a secular and women’s rights leader in Israel; and Peter Beinart, author of the new book “The Crisis of Zionism.”

Since J Street’s inception, right-wing groups and activists have lobbied mainstream political figures not to associate with the group. — jta