Posted by Al Jazeera on September 06, 2012 in News Clips
The carefully choreographed Democratic National Convention seemed to go off track for a moment when a proposed platform amendment came up for a floor vote. Convention Chair Antonio Villaraigosa held the vote, which sought to include language referring to Americans' "God-given potential", along with an amendment recognising Jerusalem as capital of Israel.
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The convention vote was called three times and despite strong disagreement, the language was accepted. The clip below captures the audible votes, in which the ayes and nays seem to be equal.
Senior advisers to President Barack Obama's campaign, David Axelrod and Valerie Jarrett, defended the President's insistence that the language be included in the platform, and addressed why the language was originally omitted.
The inclusion of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel is consistent with the Democratic Party platform from the 2008 Convention. Michael Collins Dunn at the Middle East Institute argues, however, "US policy, under Democratic and Republican Presidents, remains officially that the status of Jerusalem is a final status issue to be decided in negotiation between Israelis and Palestinians." Although the language is non-binding, some fear it indicates folding to pressure by right-wing groups who question President Barack Obama's support of Israel.Original Article comments powered by Disqus