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Democratic Platform Omits Language on Jerusalem, Notes Iran Military Option

By: JTA

The 2012 Democratic Party platform omits language recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and suggests that military force is “on the table” as an option for addressing the Iranian nuclear issue.

The platform released late Monday night makes no mention of Jerusalem or of the issue of Israel’s capital. By contrast, the 2008 platform stated that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” The 2008 platform also stated that the parties to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict “have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations.”

The new platform touts President Obama’s work on implementing tougher international sanctions against Iran. It says that Obama “is committed to using all instruments of national power to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons.”

“President Obama believes that a diplomatic outcome remains the best and most enduring solution,” the platform states. “At the same time, he has also made clear that the window for diplomacy will not remain open indefinitely and that all options — including military force — remain on the table.”

The 2008 platform referred to “keeping all options on the table.”

On Israel, the new platform emphasizes the Obama administration’s support for Israeli security measures such as Iron Dome and refers to Obama’s “consistent support for Israel’s right to defend itself and his steadfast opposition to any attempt to delegitimize Israel.”

It also states that the president and his party are committed to seeking peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

“A just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord, producing two states for two peoples, would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state,” the platform states. “At the same time, the President has made clear that there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met.”

The Republican Jewish Coalition, on Twitter, criticized the omission in the new platform of language describing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The current Republican platform refers to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

The RJC also highlighted the absence from the new Democratic platform of language in the Democrats’ 2008 platform calling for Hamas to be isolated, Palestinian refugees to return to a future Palestinian state rather than to Israel, and stating that “it is unrealistic to expect the outcome of final status negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.” The Republican platform also does not articulate these positions.

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5 Responses to “Democratic Platform Omits Language on Jerusalem, Notes Iran Military Option”

  1. Be not afraid, God will not be mocked, Romney/Ryan has declared jerusalem is the capital of Isreal!

  2. what a cop out! please note that this action was not neccesarily condoned by the President of the U.S. , however these measures are started on much smaller levels: ie, each individual state's democratic caucus brings up these meausures in the form of a motion on the "platform floor". sometimes in hardly clear language and then uniformed votes are taken any time a motion is made and 2nded. in iowa, dubuque county, 2008 dem. caucus, there was a motion and then discussion on whether to take the verb on the aage "one nation under God" out of the Pledge of Allegi.

  3. (cont. from previous with apologies; i detest no spell check before sending or unposting if you post prematurely–sorry!) …picking up from motion and then discussion on whether to take the verbage " one nation, under God" out of the American Pledge of Allegiance; seeking to remove acknowledging God (the Creator). it only takes two people to come in with an idea and smuggle "their" agenda into a motion. many of these people are attorneys who are expert language manipulators, and so, one person makes the motion and the other seconds and thus you have a motion on the floor, and depending how awake the rest of the delegates are- these things take hold and slip through. i do know that i spoke up and blasted the "God out of the Pledge" motion, and thank God, it didn't pass at our convention. I will say that MANY things have changed in light of people's new personal experience- democrats and republicans alike… So many of the issues that take front and center stage these days revolve around security and insurance. not assurance but insurance. and if the insurance industry was tackled even more so than having to adopt the new healthcare reform policies currently tagged "Obama care" (which i would go forward and call "United Care")- many more of the social issues that have come up in the last ten years would never have come to the preposterous laws that are on record; state and nation wide. And yes, in many ways, men are mocking God; but I agree, it won't go on for long! Even the "Teavangelicals have let God down" by taking on their personal agendas without HIM. WE STILL NEED FOUR MORE YEARS TO GET THIS COUNTRY "ON THE ROAD AGAIN". cdws

  4. Isreal is a very strong country I have nothing to worry, God always on there side!

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