Democrats reinstate ‘God-given’ and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to party platform
CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Facing unhappy pro-Israel groups amid a Republican-led outcry, Democrats gathered Wednesday at their presidential nominating convention made 11th-hour changes to the party platform to reinstate a reference to God and a declaration that “undivided” Jerusalem is Israel’s capital.
There was widespread booing on the floor of the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte as Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led delegates in three voice votes that sounded, at best, equally divided on whether to restore language from the party’s 2008 document. Observers said the boos were directed at Villaraigosa’s decision to skip a formal ballot and declare the platform amended.
“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,” the amended document read.
The vote also returned this language to the platform: “We need a government that stands up for the hopes, values, and interests of working people, and gives everyone willing to work hard the chance to make the most of their God-given potential.”
Republicans raised a hue and cry over the Democrats’ decision to no longer include the words “God-given” after David Brody of CBN News reported its absence (while also noting that the platform included a section on the importance of faith).