Sep 5, 2012
Democrats have reversed and re-included language into their political platform after a voice vote called by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D-Los Angeles) at the Democratic National Convention, but half the delegates still booed against Israel.
"To hear delegates on the floor of the Democratic convention strongly voice their opposition to recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, then boo when the chairman passes the resolution to adopt that language, is a shock," declared the Republican Jewish Coalition. "Republicans have been consistently more likely to support Israel than Democrats for over a decade. It is painful to see that demonstrated so clearly."
The Democratic Party's 'change of heart' is viewed by many as merely last-minute damage control to prevent a crippling loss of Jewish and Christian votes for Obama on election day in eight weeks.
"Mitt Romney has consistently stated his belief that Jerusalem is the capitol of Israel," said the Romney campaign. "President Obama has repeatedly refused to say the same himself."
Republican Party presidential nominee Gov. Mitt Romney has vocalized strong support for Israel in nearly every regard, including the areas of military cooperation and financial assistance at U.S. taxpayer expense.
Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gov. Gary Johnson has declared Israel to be an important ally, and that U.S. military alliance with Israel should be maintained, but that he opposes financial aid to Israel, as he does to every nation.
The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) responded to the Democratic Party's backpedaling decision by stating, "We welcome reinstatement to the Democratic platform of the language affirming Jerusalem as Israel's capital."
Barack Obama is expected to 'make nice' during his upcoming presidential nomination acceptance speech by verbally painting himself as a friendly ally of Israel and the Hebrew people.