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Wexler defends Obama on Israel while Republicans slam Dems for dropping Jerusalem from platform

by George Bennett | September 4th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Former South Florida U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler defended President Obama‘s support for Israel in a Democratic convention speech tonight as Republicans attacked the president and Democrats for omitting previous language from the party platform that identified Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Wexler was an early supporter of Obama’s 2008 campaign when many of the constituents in his heavily Jewish Palm Beach-Broward congressional district favored Hillary Clinton. Wexler vouched for Obama’s pro-Israel credentials at the 2008 Democratic convention.

Four years later, Wexler said Obama had delivered on his promises.

“Over the past four years the president has proven this commitment time and again in both word and deed and the Democratic Party platform reflects the president’s unflinching commitment to Israel’s security and future as a Jewish state,” Wexler said.

Mitt Romney and Republicans criticized that platform today, noting that the new document removed language about Jerusalem that had been in the 2008 platform.

“Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel. The parties have agreed that Jerusalem is a matter for final status negotiations. It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths,” the 2008 Democratic platform said.

The 2012 Democratic platform states that “President Obama and the Democratic Party maintain an unshakable commitment to Israel’s security,” but doesn’t mention Jerusalem.

Jewish voters, a key constituency in Florida, voted 78 percent for Obama in 2008 and have historically backed Democrats by large margins. But Republicans have attempted to peel away some of that support by accusing Obama of being weak on Israel.

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4 Responses to “Wexler defends Obama on Israel while Republicans slam Dems for dropping Jerusalem from platform”

  1. Well, OK! Says:

    Well, if jews like Wexler think it’s OK to drop Jerusalem as the capital of Israel….OK!

    and if jews want Palestinians to reside in Israel…well, OK!

    Do these jews actually think that by NOT drawing a line; the arabs will acquiese and think that jews do not want Jerusalem as their capital and palestinians not to live in their own state?

    The arabs are laughing! They KNOW the gambit.

    These jews, like Wexler, are deluding themselves by trying to Extend the olive branch and PRETEND that these are two options that are on the table is disingenuous and arabs are smart enough to see this.

    It will take a LONG time-eons- for any conservative arabs to gain a foothold in the Middle East. And dangling billion$ of dollar$ will NOT change the arabs thought process..it’s embedded and bred into the gene pool.

    Jews like Wexler are being played by arabs who seek a foothold. This is a VERY dangerous game.

  2. Nuff Said Says:

    JPost.comDiplomacy and Politics

    “The fact that the Democrats removed a united Jerusalem as Israel’s capital from their platform is more worrying than the argument over Iran,”Knesset Speaker Rueven Rivlin told The Jerusalem Post. “The change may have far-reaching consequences.”

    Obama leading from BEHIND and from a position of WEAKENESS.

  3. Guest Says:

    Liar, Liar, pants on fire. Barry O Bama boy had to put the word G-d and Jerusalem back on the platform when we all know he was behind taking it off originally. Since Barry is a MUSLIM, and has never been a friend of the State of Israel…he had to back pedal if he wants the STUPID JEWS from South Florida to vote for him. Without their vote he’s in trouble and he knows it. Oh! I am Jewish, but I’m smart-Mitt gets my vote happily. I don’t trust Barry for all the tea in china.

  4. Ruby Says:

    Didn’t this state happily unload Robert Wexler a few years ago?You would think they are having a LOOOVE Fest…one can puke. Wexler never had a brain in his head living here and I see he hasn’t grown one since. The blinders covering Robert’s eyes are still working…he still sees his LOVER as the MESSIAH!Lots of luck to him…the rest of us know what a failure Barack really is.

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