Democratic platform advocates talking to Hamas, a 'Palestinian' 'right of return' to 'Israel proper,' 1949 armistice lines and a capital where?He's got Israel's back alright.... From the Republican Jewish Coalition's Twitter feed via Yid With Lid, we discover some missing language about Israel in the 2012 (compared with 2008) Democratic party platform.
The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, and abides by past agreements. Sustained American leadership for peace and security will require patient efforts and the personal commitment of the President of the United States. The creation of a Palestinian state through final status negotiations, together with an international compensation mechanism, should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel. All understand that it is unrealistic to expect the outcome of final status negotiations to be a full and complete return to the armistice lines of 1949. Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.Note the implications of removing this paragraph:
1. The Democratic party no longer advocates isolating Hamas. By implication, they advocate 'negotiations' with that terror group.
2. The Democratic party no longer advocates resettling 'Palestinian refugees' only in the 'Palestinian state,' and by implication advocates resettling them in 'Israel proper' (i.e. the truncated Israel that would presumably still exist after implementation of a 'two-state solution').
3. The Democratic party no longer believes that it is unrealistic that the results of negotiations will be a return to the 1949 armistice lines. By implication (and based on Obama's statements last May) that means that the Democratic party will try to push Israel back to the 1949 lines.
4. The Democratic party no longer believes that Jerusalem 'is and will remain' the capital of Israel. Where else do they propose that we put our capital?
I know that I will get comments from Obama's defenders claiming that the platform is meaningless. Well, it's not. The Obama campaign is the biggest influence on the platform and every one of these issues has come up during Obama's term.
He has Israel's back... with a knife.
What could go wrong?