Mona Charen
Were you shocked when at least 50 percent of the delegates to the Democratic Convention appeared to vote "nay" on recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital and reinserting God into the platform? Admittedly, it was high drama -- a truly unscripted moment that laid bare the raw hostility toward Israel that has gradually achieved mainstream status within the Democratic Party. But a surprise? Not really.

A Gallup poll released earlier this year showed that 78 percent of Republicans supported Israel over the Palestinians, whereas only 53 percent of Democrats agreed. For the past 12 years, Democratic support for Israel has been declining, Gallup reports. The left, which is increasingly coterminous with the Democrats, has been hostile to Israel for much longer. Seen an Occupy demonstration lately? Noticed "Israel Apartheid Week" at your local campus?

The Democrats, as Shmuel Rosner chronicles in The Jewish Journal, are zealously spinning this little debacle -- at first claiming that the platform wording change from 2008 was insignificant and charging, through Sen. Dick Durbin, that questions about it were a conservative plot. Former Congressman Robert Wexler, a Florida Democrat who runs interference for Obama with Jewish voters, asserted that the platform reflected Obama's "unflinching" commitment to Israel.

It took only about 12 hours for that line to shrivel. When the vote was scheduled to revise the platform, the Obama campaign circulated a new spin --namely that restoring God and Jerusalem was all Obama's idea and that he was befuddled as to how the platform had ever acquired the offensive wording in the first place. David Axelrod cited unnamed "others" on Thursday morning for the screw up, insisting that the president was too busy with other things to notice. But Politico reported that Obama had seen and signed off on the platform before the convention.

To suggest that this was a mere snafu insults the intelligence of Americans. This president has profoundly altered the U.S. position toward Israel. He insulted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, adopted the Palestinian position on negotiations (that all settlement activity should cease before talks could resume), condemned Israel from the U.N. podium and suggested that Israel return to the 1967 borders ("with land swaps") before the Palestinians had even agreed to negotiate, far less renounced terror or adopted democratic norms. To the contrary, the Palestinian Liberation Organization and Hamas are drawing closer.


Mona Charen

Mona Charen is a syndicated columnist, political analyst and author of Do-Gooders: How Liberals Hurt Those They Claim to Help .
 
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