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Charen: The Democrat's Mask Slips on Israel

By Mona Charen

Were you shocked when at least 50 percent of the delegates to the Democratic Convention appeared to vote "nay" on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and reinserting God into the platform? Admittedly, it was high drama -- a truly unscripted moment that laid bare the raw hostility toward Israel that has gradually achieved mainstream status within the Democratic Party. But a surprise? Not really.

A Gallup poll released earlier this year showed that 78 percent of Republicans supported Israel over the Palestinians, whereas only 53 percent of Democrats agreed. For the past 12 years, Democratic support for Israel has been declining, Gallup reports. The left, which is increasingly coterminous with the Democrats, has been hostile to Israel for much longer. Seen an Occupy demonstration lately? Noticed "Israel Apartheid Week" at your local campus?

The Democrats, as Shmuel Rosner chronicles in The Jewish Journal, are zealously spinning this little debacle -- at first claiming that the platform wording change from 2008 was insignificant and charging, through Sen. Dick Durbin, that questions about it were a conservative plot. Former Congressman Robert Wexler, a Florida Democrat who runs interference for Obama with Jewish voters, asserted that the platform reflected Obama's "unflinching" commitment to Israel.

It took only about 12 hours for that line to shrivel. When the vote was scheduled to revise the platform, the Obama campaign circulated a new spin --namely that restoring God and Jerusalem was all Obama's idea and that he was befuddled as to how the platform had ever acquired the offensive wording in the first place. David Axelrod cited unnamed "others" on Thursday morning for the screw up, insisting that the president was too busy with other things to notice. But Politico reported that Obama had seen and signed off on the platform before the convention.

To suggest that this was a mere snafu insults the intelligence of Americans. This president has profoundly altered the U.S. position toward Israel. He insulted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adopted the Palestinian position on negotiations (that all settlement activity should cease before talks could resume), condemned Israel from the U.N. podium and suggested that Israel return to the 1967 borders ("with land swaps") before the Palestinians had even agreed to negotiate, far less renounced terror or adopted democratic norms. To the contrary, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hamas are drawing closer.

President Obama was famously outraged at Netanyahu for building Jewish apartments in Israel's capital -- a capital that neither the State Department nor the White House spokesman would identify as Jerusalem -- and yet, he has never publicly chastised Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas for refusing to recognize Israel as a "Jewish state."

What remains in the Democratic platform is just as disturbing as what was revised.

In 2008, the platform proclaimed:

"The United States ... should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel's right to exist, and abides by past agreements ... 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."

Any proposed "settlement" of the Palestinian question that permits Palestinians to exercise a claimed "right of return" to settle in Israel represents an existential threat, as Israel could be swamped by Arab immigrants, adding to the one-fifth of Israel's population that is already Arab.

But the 2012 platform, after the usual bromides about U.S./Israeli friendship, reads, "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 reference to isolating Hamas is gone. The rejection of a "right of return" to Israel for Palestinians is gone. Instead, we see code words about Israel sustaining its character as a "Jewish and democratic state." This is the language of Israel's critics, who warn darkly that Israel cannot continue to rule over the West Bank and maintain its democratic bona fides. But Israel has no desire to rule the West Bank, as it has amply demonstrated (it evacuated Gaza and has granted near total autonomy to the Palestinians in the West Bank). Only the threat of violence and terror keeps a single Israeli soldier on the West Bank.

The platform manages to patronize the Jewish state about maintaining its soul, while minimizing the belligerence of its enemies and the threats to its existence. The embarrassing floor spectacle merely underlined the obvious coolness that a majority of Democrats -- very much including the incumbent president -- feel toward Israel, their fulsome denials notwithstanding.

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  1. fallschComment by fallsch
    September 7, 2012 @ 9:23 am

    Given the way that this administration has treated Israel since taking office, I can’t see how and Jewish American can vote for PBO and believe anything will change.

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    • downdraftComment by downdraft
      September 7, 2012 @ 1:13 pm

      …Jesus told Simon Peter…” I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times” (John 13:38)…

      …this is exactly what happened, the DNC Chair called a vote, and had to do so 3 times because he probably could not believe his ears…. the request was to re-instate God into the DNC platform, they denied the request 3 times…obviously shocked at the answer 3 times, he had to over rule them

      This is quite prophetic…they denied God 3 times before Obama’s speech (their crowing rooster)…

      One can but pray that God would deny any of those who have denied him…and by supporting the DNC platform and its candidate, we are also denying God…

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  2. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    September 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    Hopefully, our ‘wise and respected’ Rabbis for Obama, who were blind to HIS transparency in 2008, wiill finally open their eyes. This ‘dumb’ jew, who is legally blind without corrective lenses, saw right through him immediately. Unfortunately, I am under no illusions about many of my ‘smart’ brethren.

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  3. joe93Comment by joe93
    September 7, 2012 @ 10:36 am

    I heard a clip yesterday on a local radio show that featured some county public official from CA at the DNC. He, being Jewish, said that Republicans want to take over Israel so as to wipe out the Jews again. I wish I could find it and post it here. I wonder what he thought about his OWN party during this vote of the DNC platform? Who really cares about our biggest ally next to Great Britain?

    I shouldn’t be surprised by someone at the DNC being so obtuse.

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    • Mort_fComment by Mort_f
      September 7, 2012 @ 10:47 am

      He was from Florida. A Democratic county leader. I do not know if it is the same voting district that has ‘given’ us Debbie Wasserman Schultz. And then there is Wexler, Weiner and Schumer. Not exactly a source of pride.

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  4. jenerseaComment by jenersea
    September 7, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    They had months to put together their party plank. All of it was done intentionally to leave GOD off and to come against Israel. The voting to include GOD and Jerusalem was voted down. The yelling for no was louder than the yelling for yes. The dude on the podium made the decision to overrule it. It was only done to garner more votes. Months to put it on there and it comes down to a last second vote, and that vote gets defeated. There is no fear of GOD in that party.

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  5. akageorgeComment by akageorge
    September 7, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    Get your god out of my government. It’s the GOP’s obsession to cling onto a god and religious dictates that will drive me away. Conservative =/= Christian.

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    • DeniseComment by Denise
      September 7, 2012 @ 11:28 am

      you need to leave this page. troll

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    • jimt5100Comment by jimt5100
      September 7, 2012 @ 11:29 am

      Evidently akageorge =/= Christian either. Your government? Are you referring to Obama’s government which is not remotely associated with The US Constitution (which is based on Judeo-Christian teachings). If this will drive you away, fine!

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    • genesalComment by genesal
      September 8, 2012 @ 9:50 am

      We need an exorcism here.

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  6. skepticaleyeComment by skepticaleye
    September 7, 2012 @ 11:25 am

    How is Obama–who is certainly anti-Israel as the very existence of Israel was established, in his view, by colonialism–to gain the Jewish vote? That’s all he really cares about.

    He does it by being the “hero” during the convention. In background the anti-semitic language is propped up, and then suddenly the hero comes forth and “corrects that error”. Folks, he hasn’t lost the Jewish vote; he’s just retained it, without changing a single aspect of his real stance.

    No, this is a canny, skillful bit of politics. Obama knows that he has lost certain parts of his 2008 voter base. He has spent the last 6-12 months building a new base out of any voting block that will accept his gratuituous gifts and guarantee him their vote. This next term is his time to change the world with the least possible interference; he’ll be able to execute more end-arounds with more impunity.

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  7. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    September 7, 2012 @ 2:24 pm

    This is probably not the best place to post this, but:

    I just receceived one of Michelle’s emails. My response was rather rude, no cursing though. I very quickly got a ‘thank you’ reponse. What a farce people play.

    BTW, I did a similar back and forth with the Senator from my state, Mikulski, with a similar result. Her, I came very close to calling an absolute liar.

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  8. genesalComment by genesal
    September 8, 2012 @ 9:55 am

    Armageddon can not come until All Nations on Earth turn against Israel. Barack is now making this possible, he is leading the way and many will follow. I never thought I’d see it in my life time. Here’s some food for thought……

    “I (God) will bless those who bless you (Israel) and will curse those who curse you”

    (Gen 12:3)

    The Bible warns the destiny of the World is inseparable from Israel and Jerusalem. The Bible says God would one day re-gather the children of Israel back into their land from among many nations around the world … the Bible says they would be re-gathered in unbelief … God warns He is not re-gathering the children of Israel into their Land because they deserve it, but because His Name and His Word are at stake (see Ezekiel 36:17-23) … and because He loves them … and they are His chosen people. The Bible warns God would then make Jerusalem a world trouble spot … the Bible says all nations of the world will turn against Israel … the Bible warns that during this time ‘Gaza will be forsaken’ … the Bible warns a coming world leader (the ‘Antichrist’) will rise out of 10 nations which once formed the Roman Empire and will enforce a peace plan (a covenant or treaty) upon Israel (‘upon the many’ – for many in Israel will be against it) … and then, after a 3½ year false peace, God warns He will send the children of Israel (and all the nations of the world) through a fiery trial unlike anything in the history of the world, to separate the unfaithful unbelievers from the faithful believers (the coming ‘Apocalypse’) … the Bible warns two-thirds of the people of Israel will be ‘cut off and die’ for their unbelief … then, one day when the armies of the world will gather in and around nation Israel (the coming battle of Armageddon) and when all seems lost for the children of Israel, the Bible says a believing remnant will recognize their Messiah from Scripture (Messiah) and will call upon His Name (Messiah’s return). The Bible then tells us ‘after these things’ the little nation of Israel and the children of Israel will rule over all nations on Earth in peace under her King and Messiah Jesus Christ (Yeshua Ha’Mashiach in Hebrew). The Bible says all of the covenants, promises, curses, prophecies, and blessings God has made to the children and nation of Israel will be fulfilled . . .

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