Israel’s Knesset Speaker: Democratic ‘Jerusalem Mistake’ No Accident

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The absence of Jerusalem’s status as the capital of Israel in the Democratic Party platform was no oversight, and not the result of a “bureaucratic snafu,” as some Democrats tried to claim in the face of the embarrassing flip-flop on the matter at the party’s convention Wednesday night, Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin said Thursday. The Democrats intended to leave Jerusalem off the agenda, and only changed their minds due to the sharp criticism from Republicans and supporters of Israel in the U.S., he said.

“And I see no cause for optimism on their decision to change the platform to reflect Jerusalem’s status,” Rivlin said in a radio interview Thursday. “This was no mistake or slip of someone’s mind. I have no doubt that President Obama restored Jerusalem to the platform because of political and electoral pressure, and because of the sharp criticism in Israel and the U.S.,” he said.

The party most definitely suffered a black eye over the brouhaha, media reports in the U.S. said. After sharp criticism earlier in the week over the removal of a section in the platform saying that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital, as well as removal of all references to G-d, party officials moved to reinstate both sections. The proposed change would include a line that said that “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” and that “it should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” G-d was also restored t the platform, with the sentence that Obama, on his second term, will conduct “an administration that will give every hard-working American the opportunity to realize his G-d given potential.”

However, when convention chairman Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, the mayor of Los Angeles, called for a voice vote to approve the insertion of the Jerusalem sentence, he was met by a loud chorus of opposition – with witnesses saying that at least half, if not more, of delegates voicing opposition to inserting the clause about Jerusalem. Voice approvals require a [two thirds] majority, and after the first vote, Villaraigosa awkwardly called for a second vote, citing “interference” that prevented him from clearly hearing the results. Only after three votes was the resolution declared approved. In response, witnesses said, the crowd turned on Villaraigosa, jeering him as he left the stage.

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  • There is no doubt in my mind that the Dems passed this resolution to ignore what every party has always recognized–Jerusalem as the capital of Israel– 1) with the full knowledge and support of the Empty Chair and 2) with the intent to fire up their anti Israel left wing. By casting a sham voice vote, they had their cake and could eat it too.

  • homer1057

    Well. I would not worry about all that…because in the end when things are set right…the Jews will rule the nations and a Jew of Jews will rule from the Throne! Look, the Jews are Gods chosen people and NOone can stay Gods hand…He said it and it shall be done, and it makes NO differance what they stinking workld thinks..the thing is so….I don’t know about any of you but,,,the Jewish people are the nicest people and the most gentle people i have ever met> Maybe they are rough and tough but what would you do if the world hated you? I have a Jewish friend and have had several and when they are your frind…they are your friend for life!! IF you judge a Jew by his exterior then you judge him wrong! This is a spiritual thing and the world can not understand..the jews have something God gave them to survie…they were run out of Israel/Jerusalem in a.d. 70 and were dispersed thru-out the world and yet after almost 2000 years they are back in Israel/Jerusalem and have NEVER changed their speech/money/or customs etc they are still the same Jews as always..NO ONE has or ever will get rid of them…They are beloved of the Father…Israel is from The Nile river to Kuwait City all the way up to Mt.Ararat in trukey , and NO muslim etc will be there, soooo fight against the jews and you fight against GOD….STUPID!!