Politics: Jerusalem removed from DNC platform to reflect 'Obama policy'

Published by: Robert Laurie on Wednesday September 5th, 2012

Robert Laurie

By ROBERT LAURIE – The DNC officially throws Israel under the bus, pending 'negotiations'

Today on CBS This Morning, anchor Norah O’Donnel and Charlie Rose asked their guest, Democrat stalwart Chuck Schumer, the following question:

“At Democratic conventions, and Republican conventions, you have party platforms. For the first time you have removed that Jerusalem should be Israel’s capital. Mitt Romney calls that shameful. Why do that?”

Schumer did his best, saying all Democrats know that the capital of Israel is, in fact, Jerusalem and accusing Republicans of ginning up a “tempest in a teapot.”  But, the question remained. If that’s the case, why have the Decmocrats removed that language from the party platform?  To their credit, the hosts pressed the issue.

Rose asked, three times, “What’s the President’s position?”  Each time, Schumer tried to dodge, until finally he was cornered.

 “You’d have to ask…I don’t know if he’s ever spoken on that.” Schumer replied.

Rose was incredulous, countering “Oh you know what his position is. Don’t you?”

Schumer finally gave in, and admitted “No, I don’t.”

Thankfully, Wolf Blitzer was Roaming around the convention, and was able to help Chuck out by getting to the bottom of it. Actually, to be more precise, he was willing to have CNN’s Dana Bash get to the bottom of it.

“There’s a lot of buzz out there that the Democratic Party Platform rejected the language that was in the platform four years ago, eight years ago, recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.  Also deleting a reference to Israel being America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East,” Blitzer asked.  “What’s going on?”

Bash, in a rare act of honest-to-God CNN journalism, said “I asked the DNC, and their answer was ‘We’re simply following what the Obama administration’s policy is, and that the White House said several months ago the status of Israel should be resolved in the final status negotiations.’”

There you have it. According to the DNC, the reason Israeli concerns have been thrown the Democrat party’s bus is that Barack Obama wants them there – at least until the country’s willing to “negotiate” where its capital should be. 

Surely this will come as welcome news to Chuck Schumer, and all left-leaning Jewish voters.