Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Party Platforms and Jerusalem: Part 2

The Democratic Party's change to its platform's call to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel reached the highest realm of comedic political theater.

The Democratic Party amended its platform so that Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital.  It now reads

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.

For such a minor thing (which no president is ever likely to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital before a major peace negotiation breakthrough) in an economy-focused election demonstrates just how passionate the subject is.

Of an interest note is the Republican Party's moderation on the issue.  A long time reader and Democratic Party activist pointed out the differences between the 2008 and 2012 Republican Party platforms concerning Jerusalem.

The 2008 platform called for an undivided Jerusalem as Israel's capital

We support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to that undivided capital of Israel. 

While the 2012 platform leaves the divided question open

We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders; and we envision two democratic states— Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine— living in peace and security.

All this just goes to show how the geography of the Holy Land can still stir passions in the Twenty-first century.


Dina said...

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at this video.
THIS is how the status of my country's capital is decided on??

Catholicgauze said...

A democratic veneer on a predetermined resolution and geography do not mix.