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September 5, 2012 12:29 pm

Republican Platform Removes Support for Israeli Embassy in Jerusalem

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Mitt Romney delivers his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention. Photo: C-Span.

A day after controversy began to swirl over the Democrat’s failure to note Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in their 2012 platform, The Algemeiner has found that the Republican’s 2012 platform also scales back its support for Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from their position in 2008.

In 2008, the GOP’s platform read, “We support Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel and moving the American embassy to that undivided capital of Israel.”  However, in the 2012 platform released by the GOP ahead of their national convention in Tampa, there is no mention of the Republican’s intent to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem if Mitt Romney reaches the White House.

The Jerusalem Embassy Act, which calls for Jerusalem to be recognized as the capital of Israel, was passed by Congress in 1995 but Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama have decided not to move the embassy from Tel Aviv.

“It is unfortunate that the entire Democratic Party has embraced President Obama’s shameful refusal to acknowledge that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said in an e-mail to reporters on Tuesday.

The Republican’s 2012 platform does not refer to Jerusalem as Israel’s “undivided capital”, as it did in 2008.

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