Democratic vs Republican Platforms on Israel

Reeling from criticism over their adoption of a pro-Hamas problem, the Democratic Party and its media allies have struck back by accusing the Republican Party’s platform of being just as bad on Israel. While it’s true that the Republican Party’s platform could be better on Israel, comparing the two quickly shows which party is pro-Israel… and which isn’t.


The Democratic Party platform on Palestinian Terrorism against Israel

And even as the President and the Democratic Party continue to encourage all parties to be resolute in the pursuit of peace, we will insist that any Palestinian partner must recognize Israel’s right to exist, reject violence, and adhere to existing agreements.

As discussed before, there is no mention of Hamas or an explicit condemnation of terrorism against Israel.


The Republican Party platform on Palestinian Terrorism against Israel

the Palestinian people must support leaders who reject terror, embrace the institutions and ethos of democracy, and respect the rule of law… Israel should not be expected to negotiate with entities pledged to her destruction

…radical elements like Hamas and Hezbollah must be isolated because they do not meet the standards of peace and diplomacy of the international community.

As discussed previously, the Democratic platform in 2008 had language about isolating Hamas. That language was removed. The new language refers only to a generic partner strongly implying that the Obama Administration will expect Israel to negotiate with Hamas.

The Republican platform addresses the topic of Palestinian terror and condemns specific terrorist groups. The Democratic platform does not.


The Democratic Party platform on Jerusalem



The Republican Party platform on Jerusalem

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.


The Democratic Party platform on Israel at the UN



The Republican Party platform on Israel at the UN

As long as its scandal-ridden management continues, as long as some of the world’s worst tyrants hold seats on its Human Rights Council, and as long as Israel is treated as a pariah state, the U.N. cannot expect the full support of the American people.


The Democratic Party would very much like to split the difference on this, but the difference is not splitable. The Republican platform could be better, but the Democratic platform has opened the door to negotiations with Hamas and eliminated even the basic reassurances about Jerusalem remaining as the capital of Israel even if the negotiations continue.

  • Dooley

    78% of Jews voted for Obama and contributed tens of millions of dollars to Obama in 2008. The chickens have come home to roost. Be careful what you wish for. You may get it.

  • Eliezer

    It's a shame that the Republican platform reiterates the failed Two-state "final" solution. There were never any Palestinians, nor there will be a Palestine. Palaestina is a Roman euphemism for Judea. The so-called "Palestinians" are Arabs who do not differ from Jordanians or Syrians and already have 22 states.

    • Omar

      Jordan was part of the original Palestine Mandate. In fact, any individual who lives in Israel, Gaza, the West Bank and Jordan are Palestinians, regardless of characteristics. Israelis and Jordanians are Palestinians, regardless of race or religion. However, the USSR and Arafat changed the definition of "Palestinian" in order to demonize Israel.

  • Dr. Ron Polland

    You would not have had that if Newt was the nominee. The GOP Establishment is as PC as the Democrats when it comes to the Fakestinians. Newt's already gone on record as telling the truth but nobody in either establishment can handle the truth

    • WildJew

      It is ironic the "long knives" came out after he said they were terrorists and an invented people. Maybe it was a coincidence.

  • MarcyFleming

    Another total nutcase analysis that does the inconceivable and makes the Democrats almost look good.
    NO country in the world recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capitol including the US and for good reason as this is highly disputed territory despite Israel's totally unsavory record of ethnic cleansing in East Jerusalem.
    When I lived in Tel Aviv for two years I made it a point to avoid Jerusalem and the religious nuts who predominate there.
    Most of us Jews in the US are secular and do not vote on Israel as the main issue. Though I'm an Ayn Randish-Murray Rothbard libertarian most Jews are left liberal Democrats. We will vote 80% for Obama, only Blacks will vote for him at higher levels. The GOP pandering to Israel was even criticized by the Shoah hysteric, Debra Lipstadt, as 'unwatchable' during those tedious debates.
    David, Chomsky once wrote to my boyfriend almost 22 years ago and said that you would shill for Stalin or Hitler if the price was right. We probably disagree with Noam 90% of the time but he was on the money there.
    You are a disgrace, the worst sort of fearmonger pushing Jewish paranoia buttons and the slimiest abuser of the post 9-11 degeneracy. Maybe you are still a Communist trying to discredit the Right which is how many people here in San Francisco. We need to break AIPAC purchase of all of Congress now.

  • Crazycatkids

    Who is this Mary Fleming and what on earth is she doing here?. I think she took a wrong turn on the way to the Huffington Post. I guess she's trolling for truth to object to.

    I've often wondered at the roll of distraction in leftist/ anti-Semitic arguments. I notice that the more responses the distractor receives the more successful they are at stopping intelligent discussion and the very important role of mutual moral support. I've broken my rule today and actually addressed the issue of a distractor.

  • WildJew

    The Jewish Daily Forward is crowing that unlike the Republican party platform, the amended Democratic platform states Jerusalem will remain undivided:

    "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.

  • cynthia curran

    Well, some the far left loves the Palestine that one reason why I support Israel

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