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GOP Platform vs. DNC Platform on Israel: The Difference is only in the Wording 

GOP PlatformElephantDNC PlatformDonkey
The U.S. and Israel "speak the same language of freedom and justice"The U.S. and Israel "share common values"
“The security of Israel is in the vital national security interest of the United States”“A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United  States”
“Ensure that [Israel] maintains a qualitative edge in military technology”"Ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge”
“We envision two democratic states”"Seek peace between Israelis and Palestinians….producing two states for two peoples”
“Palestinian people must support leaders who reject terror, embrace the institutions and ethos of democracy, and respect the rule of law.”Palestinians must "recognize Israel's right to exist, reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements”
“We call on the new government in Egypt to fully uphold its peace treaty with Israel”"We will continue to support Israel's peace treaties with Egypt and Jordan"
“We call on Arab governments throughout the region to help advance [the] goal [of peace]”“President Obama will continue to press Arab states to reach out to Israel”
“We support Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish state with secure, defensible borders; and we envision two democratic states—Israel with Jerusalem as its capital and Palestine—living in peace and security”“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"
No reference to Israeli settlementsNo reference to Israeli settlements
No reference to violence carried out by Israeli government or settlersNo reference to violence carried out by Israeli government or settlers
No hint of any Israeli wrongdoingNo hint of any Israeli wrongdoing

Until a bizarre voice vote on amendments referring to God and Jerusalem  <> was pushed through without discussion on Wednesday—Jerusalem was the only difference in the Democratic and Republican platforms on Israeli/Palestinian foreign policy. It’s as if unimaginative American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) members wrote both platforms.

While Jerusalem was mentioned in the 2008 Democratic platform, it was omitted from the 2012 platform (until Wednesday’s vote) because Jerusalem is a final status issue that needs to be determined in negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. After former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland introduced the new amendments, convention chairman Antonio Villaraigosa put them to a vote (he had to call for three voice votes in order to pass the changes).

Nabil Abu Rdeneh, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said on Sept. 6, the Democrat’s decision might just be “election propaganda,” but warned any failure to recognize the Palestinian claim to East Jerusalem will “destroy the peace process” and lead to “endless war.”

The Republican and now Democratic platforms put both parties in direct opposition to longstanding U.S. policy on Jerusalem.

If you are as furious as we are about the Democratic and Republican platforms—voice your dismay by contacting:

Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Republican National Committee
310 First St, SE
Washington, DC 20003