Daniel Pipes
Last week saw a dispute over Jerusalem at the Democratic National Convention that, in the context of similar incidents, provides an important insight into the party's covert distancing itself from Israel.

The story broke on Sept. 4, when the Washington Free Beacon reported that "Jerusalem is unmentioned" in the 2012 Democratic Party platform. This made news because, since it became U.S. law in 1995 that "Jerusalem should be recognized as the capital of the State of Israel," every platform of both major U.S. parties has reiterated this point. The Republican platform this year, for example, refers to "Israel with Jerusalem as its capital."

Responses to the Democrats' silence came swiftly: Jennifer Rubin in the Washington Post called it "the most radically unsupportive statement of policy on Israel by any major party since the founding of the state of Israel." Nathan Diament of the (Jewish)Orthodox Union found it "extremely disappointing."

Paul Ryan called the omission "tragic." Mitt Romney (who referred to "Jerusalem, the capital of Israel" recently while standing in Jerusalem itself) rued that the entire Democratic Party embraced Obama's "shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel's capital."

Daniel Pipes

Daniel Pipes is president of the Middle East Forum.