Changes on Jerusalem, God Squeek into Democratic Platform

Posted September 5th, 2012 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Day two of the Democratic National Convention has opened by sparking some controversy, with the delegates barely pushing through a controversial change to the party's platform.

Former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland told the convention the original platform adopted Tuesday erred by dropping a reference to Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

“President Obama recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and our party's platform should as well.”

The proposal drew a chorus of boos and the voice vote did not go smoothly.

“All those delegates in favor say aye. (AYE). All those delegates opposed say no. (NO). In the opinion of the Let me do that again.”

Convention chair, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, call two more voice votes – each very close — before declaring the proposal had passed to the dismay of some Arab American delegates.

The amended language now reads “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.”

Republicans Tuesday criticized the Democrats and President Barack Obama over the omission. Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney called the change “shameful,” accusing Mr. Obama of hurting ties with a long-time ally.

Both Israel and the Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

The Republican party platform – adopted last week – and the 2008 Democratic party platform both contained wording recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Earlier this year, U.S. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters, “Our policy with regard to Jerusalem is that it has to be solved through negotiations.”

The change also includes a reference to God in the Democratic platform, adding the line that “We need a government that… gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”