Romney: Democrats “shameful” for omitting Jerusalem from platform

This could lead to a meaningful move of the Jewish vote away from Democrats.  As a group they are not single issue voters but support for Democrats has been whittling away over the last couple election cycles. Obama’s antagonism towards Israel can only be tolerated for so long before this vital issue to many Jewish-Americans drive Jews en masse to the Republican party:

 Mitt Romney is attacking President Obama and Democrats for their “shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital” in their party platform. The platform released by Democrats Monday evening dropped a clause included in the 2008 platform that read: “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel.” That platform went on to say, however, that “[t]he parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

Israel maintains that its capital is Jerusalem, but the United States and other nations maintain embassies in Tel Aviv because East Jerusalem is contested by the Palestinians, who see it as a potential capital for their state. Romney called Jerusalem “the capital of Israel” in July, prompting criticism from the Palestinians as well as China. Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat called the comment “absolutely unacceptable.”

As a presidential candidate, Mr. Obama said in 2008 that “Jerusalem will remain the capital of Israel and it must remain undivided,” though he later softened his stance and said he is not trying to “predetermine” the final status of the city. As president, he has maintained that, as his campaign put it to CBS News, “the capital is something that should be determined in final status negotiations between the parties.” Mr. Obama is not the first candidate to shift on the issue once taking office.

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