Democrats reinstate platform language on Jerusalem
(Reuters) – Democrats reinstated language in the party platform on Wednesday declaring Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel after Republicans accused them of showing weak support for the longtime U.S. ally.
A Democratic official said the language was being reinstated to reflect the personal view of President Barack Obama. The platform wording was changed in a voice vote among Democratic delegates on the floor of their convention in Charlotte, North Carolina.
There were a number of “no” votes recorded, and it took convention chair Antonio Villaraigosa, the Los Angeles mayor, several attempts to get the “yes” vote recorded.
Four years ago, during the last presidential campaign, the Democratic Party’s platform had said “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.”
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