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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Democrats lie about AIPAC being in room when platform drafted; Dershowitz 'deeply troubled'; Dems say platform reflects Obama policy on Israel

These are times that try a man's sleep.

I went to sleep for a few hours last night. While I was asleep, the Democrats made the claim that the significant changes made to their platform regarding Israel were made with AIPAC representatives in the room, and with AIPAC's approval. In fact, Democratic party sources went so far as to say that AIPAC loved the platform.

I'm sure you'll all be shocked to hear that once again, the Democrats are lying. AIPAC was not consulted.
“AIPAC officials were not in the room when the platform was drafted,” the source told the Free Beacon Tuesday evening. “AIPAC was never provided with a full draft of the Middle East section of the platform.”


The AIPAC source went on to explain that pro-Israel organization had advocated in favor of preserving the language regarding Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem as the capital is Israel was part of the AIPAC submission to the platform committee,” the AIPAC source said.

An official in the Jewish community who requested anonymity said the DNC process was “very surreptitious and very secretive.”

“The idea that the pro-Israel community’s leadership signed off on this is just not true,” the official said.
I was curious how Alan Dershowitz, who has stood by President Obama for most of the last four years, would react to these significant changes to the platform. The Daily Caller reports that he is 'deeply troubled' by them.
“I think one shouldn’t give too much weight to platform pronouncements, but in this case, I think the omissions are troubling — particularly the omission about the Palestinian refugee issue and Hamas are, I think, deeply troubling,” he told The Daily Caller, responding to a report in the Washington Free Beacon demonstrating how this year’s Democratic Party platform is not as pro-Israel as in years past.


Dershowitz said he is concerned that this year’s Democratic Party platform will make Israel a partisan issue, something he thinks is not good for the U.S.-Israel relationship.

“My goal is always to keep support for Israel a bi-partisan issue and never make a national election any kind of referendum on Israel,” he said. “I don’t think it is a good thing that the Republican platform seems to be more pro-Israel than the Democratic platform.”

Dershowtiz said that this is not the last the Democratic Party has heard about the platform as he is personally going to get to the bottom of what happened.

“As soon as I hang up with you, I will call people I know in the White House and in the Democratic Party and find out what’s going on,” he said. ”But believe me this is not the last the Democrats will have heard about this issue. They will hear from me on this one.”

Dershowitz says while the platform debate could potentially just be chocked up to “carelessness,” he is afraid that anti-Israel extremists within the Democratic Party are having undue influence.

“It’s not the Democratic base. It’s extremists within the Democratic base who may have more influence than they should on platform,” he said. “I think extremists within the base may very well move the Democratic party away from its pro-Israel position.”
Well, no Professor. It's been about six years now since the Democratic party was taken over by the anti-Israel extremists. Perhaps you missed it.

Now that Senator Lieberman (I-Ct) is retiring rather than face another campaign as an independent, maybe he can take a trip up to Boston and explain to Professor Dershowitz who controls the Democratic party these days.

And for anyone who thinks that the new Democratic party platform doesn't reflect Obama policy, let's go to the videotape (Hat Tip: The Right Scoop via Bad Blue).

Anyone still want to argue that the Obama administration is pro-Israel?

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At 11:42 AM, Blogger Sunlight said...

AIPAC says they were never provided a "full draft"? We're they provided a partial draft and did they alert the stakeholders? For that matter, did they go to the platform sessions at the Republican convention? I don't recall such an awkward situation, much less such a pretty horrible outcome, at the Republican convention.

Rule of thumb: LEFTISTS first. Nothing else matters if there is a discrepancy. Here you have Obama advocating for, if not leading, the Muslim Bros, etc. in hacking at the Jews and here is AIPAC somehow implicated in, what? Partial drafts without raising the alarm? They are a membership organization, not individuals representing themselves.


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