First Barack Obama flip-flopped on the status of Jerusalem. Then his spokesman was unable to say whether Jerusalem or Tel Aviv is the capital of Israel. Now the 2012 Democratic Party platform has made it official. The Republican Jewish Coalition has the story:
In 2008, the Democratic platform read, “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” Shockingly, the 2012 platform does not mention Jerusalem at all.
Nor is that the only instance of the Democrats’ watering down their platform on issues relating to the Middle East and to terrorism. The RJC continues:
In addition, the 2012 Democratic platform drops language from previous platforms to:
* demand the isolation of Hamas until that organization renounces terrorism and accepts other requirements of the peace process;
* insist that any settlement of the so-called “refugees” question in a final settlement make a future Palestinian state, not Israel, the destination for Palestinian “refugees”;
* note that it’s not realistic to expect outcome of negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949.
Platforms can be meaningless happy talk; at times, however, they give valuable insight into what a party’s leaders really think.