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article imageTop Senate Democrat wades into platform controversy

By Larry Clifton     Sep 6, 2012 in Politics
Washington - A top Senate Democrat and staunch Obama ally has waded into the controversial Democrat National Convention platform amendment controversy.
Regarding the Democrat’s 2012 party platform, Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told The Associated Press Thursday that "It was just sort of left out," referencing the omission of “God” and any reference to Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
While Schumer claims it was an unintentional omission that no one in the Democratic Party noticed when reviewing the document, he did call the omissions “a mistake.”
"It's not that someone had a plan, `Let's back off the long Democratic Party policy that Jerusalem should be the capital of Israel," said Schumer. "It was just sort of left out."
Schumer claims Mr. Obama ordered the language restored, however the Democrats created a larger controversy when convention delegates had to conduct three separate voice votes before they could declare a majority among boos.
The amended language says that Jerusalem "is and always will be" the capital of Israel and that Jerusalem should remain an “undivided city accessible to all faiths.”
However, Thursday, when asked where the administration believes the capital of Israel is, State Department spokesman Patrick Ventrell refused to answer the question directly, instead saying "Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved by the parties."
The raucous vote on the convention floor Wednesday saw a divided Democrat Party struggling to define its platform in terms of faith and foreign policy. The controversy frayed nerves of convention organizers and exposed divisions in the Democratic Party over U.S.-Israeli relations.
Meanwhile, Palestinian leaders are also offended by the turn of events. Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the Democrats' decision might just be "election propaganda." Rdeneh claims the U.S. failure to recognize the Palestinian claim to east Jerusalem will "destroy the peace process" and lead to "endless war."
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