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July 17, 2020 9:29 am

Democratic Party Advances Platform, Including Language on Israel

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A worker on a crane hangs a US flag next to an Israeli flag near the site of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. Photo: Reuters / Ronen Zvulun. – Members of the drafting committee voted to approve the language of the Democratic Party’s 2020 platform in a virtual meeting on Wednesday ahead of the July 27 vote by the full 187-member platform committee, including the party’s conventional language surrounding the US-Israel alliance.

The platform includes language that expresses support for the US-Israel relationship, a pledge to security funding for Israel and backing for a two-state solution “that ensures Israel’s future as a Jewish and democratic state with recognized borders and upholds the right of Palestinians to live in freedom and security in a viable state of their own,” reported Jewish Insider, which obtained a copy.

The platform also expresses opposition to “unilateral steps by either side—including applying sovereignty to Judea and Samaria, also known as the West Bank—that jeopardizes the prospects for two states” and objection to “settlement expansion.”

Regarding the status of Jerusalem, the platform states: “We believe that while Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations, it should remain the capital of Israel, an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.”

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This reflects the stance of the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, former US Vice President Joe Biden, that the US embassy, which US President Donald Trump moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May 2018, five months after recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, should remain there.

The platform expresses opposition to “any effort to unfairly single out and delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement, while protecting the constitutional right of our citizens to free speech.”

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