Democratic Draft Platform Strongly Pro-Israel

The draft Democratic  Party platform is staunchly pro-Israel. The draft aligns with Hillary Clinton's pro-Israel positions. The Anti-Defamation League praised the platform language, noting that it broke new ground "in opposing 'any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the U.N. or through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement' and further confirms Democratic support for Jerusalem as the undivided capital of Israel."

You should read the entire draft platform here and ask yourself if it aligns with your values. The section on Iran, on page 29, reiterates that Democrats will "ensure that Israel always has the ability to defend itself" and that Democrats will "not hesitate to take military action" if Iran violates its nuclear agreement.

The section on the Middle East, pages 33-34, states in its entirety: 

In the Middle East, Democrats will push for a more inclusive governance in Iraq and Syria that respects the equal rights of all citizens; provide support and security for Lebanon and Jordan, two countries that are hosting a disproportionate number of refugees; maintain our robust security cooperation with Gulf countries; and stand by the people of the region as they seek greater economic opportunity and freedom. A strong and secure Israel is vital to the United States because we share overarching strategic interests and the common values of democracy, equality, tolerance, and pluralism. That is why we will always support Israel's right to defend itself, including by retaining its qualitative military edge, and oppose any effort to delegitimize Israel, including at the United Nations or through the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions Movement.

We will continue to work toward a two-state solution of the Israel-Palestinian conflict negotiated directly by the parties that guarantees Israel's future as a secure and democratic Jewish state with recognized borders and provides the Palestinians with independence, sovereignty, and dignity.  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. Israelis deserve security, recognition, and a normal life free from terror and incitement. Palestinians should be free to govern themselves in their own viable state, in peace and dignity.

Elie Wiesel died Saturday. "The opposite of love is not hate, it is indifference." We must never forget. President Barack Obama issued this statement. Bill and Hillary Clinton issued this statement. May his memory be for a blessing.

A Palestinian teenager murdered an Israeli teenager in her bed while she was asleep. He got through a security fence, broke into her house and stabbed her to death. Hillel Yaffe Ariel was a dual American-Israeli citizen. The State Department condemned the "outrageous terrorist attack" in "the strongest possible terms." U.S Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro said, "There's never a justification for such terrorism." 

Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) said, "Violence such as this can never be legally or morally justified and must be condemned in the strongest way possible by both the international community and Palestinian leaders." 

But Fatah declared the terrorist a "martyr" and the terrorist's mother said she was proud of her son. Separately, nine Israeli peace activists were attacked in Ramallah and on Friday, an Israeli man was murdered, his wife was severely injured, and two of their children were injured in a terrorist attack. And people wonder why Israelis are nervous about the peace process.

The Middle East Quartet released its report on July 1. Please read it for yourself rather than rely on the opinions and summaries of others.

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