Romney Scorns Democrats for Dropping 'Jerusalem' Reference from Platform

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U.S. Democrats dropped a reference to Jerusalem being the capital of Israel from their election platform, prompting scorn from rival Mitt Romney Thursday.

Since 1992 Democrats have stated unequivocally that "Jerusalem is the capital of Israel," as they did in 2008.

That language was not in their 2012 election document, which was presented at the party convention that begins in Charlotte, North Carolina later on Tuesday.

Party officials did not respond to requests for comment on the reasons for the omission.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the most contentious issues of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict and a thorny issue in U.S. politics.

Israel, which occupied the largely Arab eastern sector during the 1967 Six-Day War and later annexed it, claims both halves of the city to be its "eternal and undivided capital."

But the Palestinians want the eastern sector as the capital of their promised state and fiercely oppose any Israeli attempt to extend sovereignty there.

Thanks in large part to the influence of Jewish voters in key battleground states like Florida, relations with Israel are a hot button issue in U.S. elections.

With 63 days until the polls, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney assailed the Democrats' removal from their platform of an "acknowledgment of a simple reality," and for hurting ties with a "cherished ally."

"It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama's shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital," he said in a statement.

"As president, I will restore our relationship with Israel and stand shoulder to shoulder with our close ally."

After a visit to Israel in July, Romney lambasted Obama over the same issue.

Democrat and Republican White Houses have long stated that Jerusalem's final status should be decided by negotiations between the two parties.

Most of the international community, including the United States, does not formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Comments 8
Default-user-icon MUSTAPHA O. GHALAYINI (Guest) 05 September 2012, 00:44

obama or romney, republicans or democrats,u have to accomodate urself with the new middle east,soon u will have to get used to the middle east without the sionist entity.

Thumb dasphinx 05 September 2012, 01:13

Romney can say all he wants but Jews always vote Democrat.

Thumb IbnAljabal 05 September 2012, 02:35

Not this time...

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Thumb cedar 05 September 2012, 02:59

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Default-user-icon KyleB (Guest) 05 September 2012, 06:03

Say what you want about Jewish intelligence, if Jews vote Democratic, they're not very smart.

Default-user-icon Blank (Guest) 05 September 2012, 13:24

"Jews always vote Democrat"? Who are you kidding? Which Jews are you referring to? Maybe some open-minded, Humanitarian celebrities, like Woody Allen and Adam Sandler (both outspoken pro-Dems), but the average multitude of American Jews have been consistently voting for warmongering Republicans. They voted for Bush (twice!) and they voted for McCain in '08. The important point here is that at least the Democrats are trying to reach out to the Arabs; the Reps are in general ultra-hostile to those Arabs. The Dems' hands may be severely tied in Congress and the Senate by the Reps on issues that deal directly with favouring the Palestinians on more equal footing to the Israelis, but at the least they are trying...