Daily Israel Report

Obama’s Platform Puts Israel, PA on Back Burner

Democrats' platform states "unshakeabale commitment" to Israel, with no mention of Jerusalem or peace process.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/4/2012, 2:35 PM

Michelle Obama 'fist-bumps' actor and Obama administration official Kal Penn
Michelle Obama 'fist-bumps' actor and Obama administration official Kal Penn
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The Democratic party’s election platform includes the usual “unshakeable commitment” to Israel, without any mention of Jerusalem or the "peace process."

With polls showing Republican nominee Mitt Romney running virtually neck-and-neck with President Barack Obama, if not leading by a small margin, the platform focuses on domestic issues to the extent that an Associated Press report on the platform did not even include any statement concerning Israel or foreign policy except for ending the war in Iraq, an "unshakable commitment to Israel's security," and a vow by President Barack Obama to “do all in his power to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

The platform’s section on Israel, which was virtually ignored in American reports, reiterates “the President’s consistent support for Israel’s right to defend itself and his steadfast opposition to any attempt to delegitimize Israel on the world stage.” The platform argues that Obama’s support is “further evidence of our enduring commitment to Israel’s security.”

The “peace process,” dead and buried by virtually all observers and media, was not mentioned, but the entire platform has not yet been published..

"A just and lasting Israeli-Palestinian accord, producing two states for two peoples, would contribute to regional stability and help sustain Israel’s identity as a Jewish and democratic state,” the platform states.

“At the same time, the President has made clear that there will be no lasting peace unless Israel’s security concerns are met,” it continues.

The only mention of the Palestinian Authority is, “And even as the President and the Democratic Party continue to encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace, we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel’s right to exist, reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements.”

The version of the entire 2008 platform stated, “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.”

Obama clearly is steering away from foreign policy issues and concentrating on the home front, where the economy is the number issue.

The 2012 platform promises tax cuts for all but the wealthy, supports the right to abortion and “equal treatment: for same-sex couples and proposes overhauling immigration policies, including a visa system that meets the country's "economic needs, keeps families together and enforces the law."  

The platform also defends Obamacare and promises to add new measures.