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Watch: DNC Delegates Face Off Over Israel

Party platform amended to include Jerusalem—and delegates boo loudly

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Two delegates vote no to the motion.(BuzzFeed)

On the floor of the Democratic National Convention, DNC Chair and L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa just attempted to reinstate references to God and Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, which had both been controversially excised. Revised language was projected up on a screen and Villaraigosa called for a two-thirds voice vote approval from the delegates. This is what happened:

What is clear—as many reporters in the hall tweeted immediately afterwards—is that even if the ayes did have it, they didn’t have close to the required two-thirds majority. As The Washington Post’s Charles Lane quipped, “Villaraigosa [the DNC chair] got political training in East Germany? The nos had it all 3 times.” Already, Democratic surrogates are distancing themselves from the event on TV, with former Clinton advisor and current party strategist Paul Begala calling it “beyond awkward,” “stupid” and an “unforced error” on CNN.

We’ll keep you posted as this story develops.

UPDATE: A Democratic source emails to say, “The President personally intervened to strengthen the language.” It’s a pretty dramatic piece of damage control. We’ll be watching the convention speeches tonight and tomorrow to see if the campaign tries to distance themselves from the debacle in them as well.

UPDATE: Both CBS and the AP are reporting that President Obama intervened in changing the party platform.

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herbcaen says:

Dont worry, its not sincere. The original platform was sincere. A second term Obama will result in the Dempsey-Ahmadinejad nonaggression pact, based upon the Molotov von Ribbentrop pact between the USSR and Germany in 1939

Shmooster says:

They should have had one of those applause meters, like on Queen for a Day.

Pam Green says:

They should have had a roll call but they didn’t want to take the time. If they had to make this so public, I would have liked every delegate to have to personally vote on this, in front of the cameras, delaying the festivities.

Then again, since Obama autocratically changed the language of the 2008 platform without consulting anyone, why even call a vote? They should have just changed it back behind closed doors, like they do everything else! Instead, this anti-Jewish spectacle was broadcast to the entire world!!!!!

This should be a wake-up call to all American Jews. When a majority of Democratic delegates won’t stand with the Jews at such a critical moment for Israel, we are in serious trouble! And that the world saw that the one alleged bastion of Jewish support in America has turned against us will embolden anti-Semites immeasurably.

I can’t help but wonder if the delegates were told before the voice vote that voting No was what Obama wanted them to do. It’s unclear from the above article, which states that “the President personally intervened to strengthen the language.” Yesterday, I read in several sources that the President personally intervened to change the language in the 2008 platform. So, what, he intervened twice? He reversed himself? He needed to be there and personally apologize for the change he made! That he didn’t do this was an intentional insult.

And for Schumer to do his rehearsed speech as if nothing had happened, and Wexler, and all the other speakers!!!!!! Falling in line with Obama’s anti-Jewish, pro-Islamic agenda!!!! Wake up, Democratic Jews. This is how the Democrats reward your loyalty!!!

it’s now been comfirmed that your updates, which included assertions that Obama “personally intervened ” to change the platform, is a lie, the claim asserts that Obama was unaware of the change and that he loves Israel so much he had to rush in and save the day. Reports and video confirm that Obama oversaw and approved of the platform, and that the DNC were simply reflecting his policies:

I can sympathize with Liberal minded Jew’s who are struggling with their political ideology versus who their president is,and wish to remain firm democrats, but at some point the writing has to be on the wall. You don’t have to abandon your liberal ideals in order to vote for Mitt Romney, you can still be a democrat if you wish. Make no mistake though the party is changing, there is a strong current of far-left anti-semitism, encapsulated by President Obama and his deep seated anti-semitic personal and political alliances throughout the years. The best repudiation you can give to this pervasive hostility is to vote against Obama in Nov. After this perhaps work on supporting a more centrist democratic candidate on 06,

If you watch the video the voice vote was at best 50/50

paul delano says:

After witnessing what went on at the Dems convention when the words God and Jerusalem were removed from the platform and the voice vote to reinstate the words sounded like more against than for,there should be no doubt in anyone’s mind that this party has been taken over by the Far Left.

Any Jew who embraces their culture and is proud of their heritage should have their heads examined if they vote for Obama.

julis123 says:

If you are an American voter and Israel is important to you, how can you vote Democrat after seeing this?

PhillipNagle says:

Obama and the Dems showed their true colore on Israel. A vote for Obama is a vote against Israel.

    dfredverne says:

    Too bad the Republican platform had similar language concerning Jerusalem as well! I guess a vote for them is a vote against Israel as well then.

    dfredverne says:

    Hardly an apologist; there’s plenty I don’t like in either party’s platform, but I would take slim comfort in supporting a party that is stridently anti-gay, anti-women, anti-anything but Christianity. The current Republican party is as far from center as the Democratic party of Jesse Jackson’s era was. If your sole measure of being pro-Israel is how they behave once they are in office, then I think your support of the Republicans based upon what they say (versus what they do) is woefully short sighted.

      PhillipNagle says:

      Your discription of the Republican party is so far off base that it would indicate you are merely a left wing partisan who is terrified that Jews will leave the reservation.

        dfredverne says:

        Funny. What worries me most is actually being put back on the reservation.
        By most measurements my politics fall into the centrist Blue Dog Democratic part of the party. I believe government has a role in the daily affairs of human beings outside of their bodies and bedrooms – including roads, bridges and banking regulations. I am willing, and do, pay my fair share of taxes and think that government should make every reasonable effort to balance its budget, including tax cuts and increases as necessary. I believe that the right to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness” includes the right to reasonable, universal health care – because if we don’t pay for it upfront, then we will absolutely pay for it on the back end. And, I don’t believe that corporations are humans.
        Finally, it’s dEscription. Try taking the wool out of your ears long enough to use a spell checker.

          PhillipNagle says:

          The absolute stupidity was thinking people deserve a mortgage they couldn’t afford, which was bi-partisan stupidity. And universal health care is certainly not centrist.

SaraRG says:

If you are an American voter how can you vote for a republican? You can stand up for Israel, and lobby and demonstrate. But as an American you have no vote in Israel. You do not decide Israel’s foreign or domestic policy. With all the political parties, even the Israeli voter barely has any sway there. If you are an American voter, you live in America, you must do what is best for America and Americans!

    Pam Green says:

    Stop saying that Obama is good for America! What did he ever do for the working and middle class? He took away collective bargaining from the unions. He gave the bankers all the money with no strings attached. He did not prosecute any bankers who committed fraud. He did not call a moratorium on foreclosures, even after the robo-signing scandal. He took away money for homeless shelters, just as they were being overwhelmed by first-time middle-class homeless. He did not create government jobs for the unemployed. He did not raise minimum wage. He did not increase taxes for the wealthy. He did not reinstitute Glass-Seagall. He fought against the audit of the Fed. He prosecuted government whistleblowers. He suppressed scientific information. He sided with Monsanto on genetically engineered food. He sided with BP, renewing their contracts even though they did not clean up the oil spill in the Gulf. He opened the Arctic to drilling. He approved fracking, even though it poisons the water supply. He legalized indefinite detention for American citizens. He signed more executive orders than any president in history, giving himself more powers than an American president has ever had, i.e. NDAA. He broke up peaceful protests with violence. He was opposed by teachers, firefighters, cops, and nurses. And much much more.

The question is why was the language in the platform deleted about G-d and Israel in the first place. Words do not magically vanish from a piece of paper. Also, the booing from the delegates about reinstating Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and G-d does not help with Obama’s reeelection.

The question is why was the language in the platform deleted about G-d and Israel in the first place. Words do not magically vanish from a piece of paper. Also, the booing from the delegates about reinstating Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and G-d does not help with Obama’s reeelection.

not the party of Truman are John F Kennedy I cannot believe they booed G-d they booed Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Even the PLO believes the capital of Israel is Jerusalem.the Democratic Party left me.I did not leave it. Romney for president


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