Politico: “‘Jerusalem’ Comes Out Of Dem Platform Language”
The language in the section of the Democratic Party platform on Israel has changed from 2008 until now, most notably as relates to Jerusalem as the capital of the Jewish State
Politico: “Jerusalem Capital Plank Not Included In DNC Platform”
Language calling for Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Israel has been omitted from the 2012 Democratic Party platform. As the Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper noted, the 2008 DNC platform included this language proclaiming the city’s status: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” That language has been replaced by a broader statement about unshakable U.S. support for the Jewish state - with no mention of Jerusalem at all. The statement also omits previously included language about Palestinian refugees and the designed terrorist group Hamas.
Washington Free Beacon: “Pro-Israel Language Removed From Democratic Party Platform”
Several pro-Israel sections of the 2008 Democratic Party platform have been removed from the 2012 platform-on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, and Hamas. The new platform represents another shift by the Obama Democrats toward the Palestinian position on key issues in the peace process. For Jerusalem, the new platform has been brought into line with the Obama administration’s policy of not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and supporting its division. Jerusalem is unmentioned in the 2012 document, whereas the 2008 and 2004 Democratic Party platforms declared “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel…It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” The Obama administration’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem has been a point of significant controversy in recent months.
Weekly Standard: “Dems. Remove Pro-Israel Language From Party Platform”
In the 2008 Democratic party platform, there was this language on Jerusalem, Israel: Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths. This year, however, that language has been removed. Indeed, there is no mention of Jerusalem in the 2012 party platform adopted by Democrats.