Democrats Boo God and Jerusalem

Party reinstates Israel's capital, 'God-given' despite opposition



Take a moment to watch the above video.

In it, you will see the majority of the delegates at the Democratic National Convention voting against the insertion of Jerusalem as Israel's capital into the party's 2012 platform, as well as the neutral language of "God-given."

On Wednesday, after news broke that the Democrats had left out both the affirmation of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and any reference at all to "God," critics pounced, suggesting the platform was yet further evidence that the party had strayed far from its previous pro-Israel stance. (The deletion of "God" was perhaps not as surprising.)

On Wednesday night, the party flip-flopped, bringing a vote to the convention floor to re-insert both "Jerusalem" and "God."

This is the text of the amendment:

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.

We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.

But any fair-minded viewer will see that the vote was actually against both matters. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the Convention chairman, needed to take the vote three times before he proclaimed that the platform had been amended. This, despite the loud opposition that could not have conceivably been less than one-third of the hall, as the party rules require.

It is a sad day for Democrats when the majority of its delegates oppose the idea that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. But it should put into clear view the real choices facing Jewish voters when they decide to vote Republican or Democrat in this year's presidential election.

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