Dems No Longer Declaring Jerusalem Israel’s Capital

Language in the 2008 Democratic platform calling Jerusalem the eternal capital of Israel has been stripped from this year’s document, reflecting the current White House stance that Jerusalem’s status must be determined by negotiation, according to The Lid.

“Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel,” the 2008 platform declared. But four years later, the phrase is gone.

According to the blog, other pro-Israel aspects of the 2008 platform have been watered down as well.

The revelation comes as Israeli Ambassador Michael Oren released a statement denying a claim by DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz that he had said “what the Republicans are doing is dangerous for Israel.”


Oren all but asserted Wasserman Schultz was lying.

“I categorically deny that I ever characterized Republican policies as harmful to Israel,” Oren said. “Bipartisan support is a paramount national interest for Israel, and we have great friends on both sides of the aisle.”

Keith Koffler


Award winning journalist Keith Koffler has 16 years of experience covering Washington. As a reporter for CongressDaily, National Journal magazine, and Roll Call, Keith wrote primarily from the White House, covering three presidents and learning as few have the intricacies of the West Wing and the behavior and motivations of its occupants. While mainly stationed at the White House, he also extensively covered Congress and Washington’s lobbyists. Keith has also written for a variety of other publications, including Politico, The Daily Caller, and The London Observer. He currently writes regular opinion columns for Politico. He blogs at

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