And most of the 2008 pro-Israel language removed from the 2012 platform remains missing.
Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles, the head of the Democratic National Convention, got up and asked for a two-thirds vote on the amendments to the platform. He took a voice vote, with people stating aloud “aye” and “nay.”
The first time, he couldn’t determine if two-thirds of the voters had said “aye”; a loud “no” vote was heard. He asked for a second vote.
The second time, he couldn’t determine whether the voice vote had passed. Again. Villaraigosa looked around in confusion.
Finally, on the third attempt, Villaraigosa took a voice vote and simply declared, in the “opinion of the chair,” that it had been passed. There were widespread boos in the convention hall to the renewed inclusion of God and language about Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. And Villaraigosa was lying, in any case – there is no way that the voice vote had passed. Opponents stood up and protested, waving and shouting. The fix was in.
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CNN’s Dana Bash: I asked the DNC [why it omitted sections of its 2008 Israel plank from its 2012 platform] and we have an answer. And their answer was that they were simply following what the Obama administration’s policy is, and the White House said several months ago that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in the final status negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians, and that is why it is not in the platform as it was in 2008.The Democrats returned the Jerusalem and God References, but did NOT put back the other important pro-Israel language from 2008 (in bold)
By removing this sentence, is Obama preparing to give this group legitimacy? He has already done it with Hamas' parent group, the Muslim Brotherhood which took over Egypt. Hamas' partner in the U.S., CAIR continues to be accepted by, and promoted by liberal members of Congress despite an FBI warning.
... While the number of Palestinian refugees in 1949 was somewhere between 800,000-900,000, today the number is over 4 million. This group of refugees is the only example in history where the number has grown without a population shift (the UN counts the original refugees, their children, grandchildren, first cousin twice removed on their mother's side, friends etc as refugees.
Since they cannot defeat Israel militarily; one of the Palestinians' strategies is to flood this Democratic country with "refugees" so it will cease to exist as a Jewish state via election. That is why the 2008 platform included the refugee statement.
In keeping with their strategy the Palestinians refuse to recognize Israel as a Jewish state. And while the President has said Israel is the Jewish state, he has been very careful not to call for the recognition of Israel as the Jewish state. Is the removal of the "settle elsewhere" statement is an indication that the President agrees with the Palestinian "flood Israel with refugees" strategy? Can you think of another reason why he would back track? Remember that flexibility statement to Mevedev.
Obama walked away from that big time last May when he called for Israel to begin negotiations by agreeing to return to the 1949 lines. At the time the Democrats said it was no change from previous policy--that was a lie. In 2008 he ran on the basis that a return to the 1949 lines were unrealistic. Why is that language is missing from this year's document?
I repeat if the Democrats removed this pro-Israel section from their platform, I shudder to think what Obama has in store for Israel if he gets that flexibility he told Mevedev about!