Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Democratic platform tilts against Israel

Bee's Note:  Last night the Democratic National Convention opened with flags flying and speeches gushing out of the mouths of some of the DNC's top supporters, including the sweet-sounding words of Michele Obama.  The Convention is televised nationally and internationally and the world listens attentively. What "great" promises and plans will the Obama administration make if elected for another four years?  For the Republicans (Romney/Ryan), we are prepared to hear (and already know) President Obama's excuses on Thursday evening as to why both his promises in 2008 of "hope and change" failed Americans and his shift towards nations that do not hold America's best interests at heart (our enemies), while moving away from America's best allies and dearest of friends.
If I were Israel, I would be very, very fearful and according to conversations I have had with Israeli friends, many are deeply concerned.
None of us can understand why we reading in both American and Israeli newspapers that leaders from both countries continue to publicly declare that relationships between both countries (under the Obama administration) are just dandy - things couldn't be better - when everything this administration has done, said, and acted upon contradict and betray the very meaning of "friends" among nations.
Israel - you have been hoodwinked by a very deceiving president!  
You know it and your American supporters are aware of it and so,, I must ask you a question.  Why, when your very survival is on the brink, would you continue a diplomatic bond with a man who wishes you nothing but ill-will?  Are you aware that when you state "things are great and Obama has your back" that you encourage and possibly gain votes for Obama?!
Israel, blessed and most Holy Land of all Israelis and Jews around the world, plus the Christians and other religions (except that "religion of peace"), we watch what is unfolding between Iran and your nation and we are also fearful for your safety and security. 
Through you, dear Israel, all nations are blessed.  
We do not wish that you cut the cords  of friendship between our nations, but we understand that you must do whatever is necessary to survive.  Our entire civilization is depending upon you.  Israel has overcome wars and terrorist attacks since she rightfully reclaimed her land in 1948. Remembering those miracles of the past encourage all of us to trust your decisions of the future.
As you listen and watch the words of the speakers supporting another four years with Obama, please note what is missing, and factually pointed out, by Fresno Zionism's observations (below) ......
A general view of the inside of the arena during the Democratic National Convention Committee Unveiling Stage for the DNC at Time Warner Cable Arena on August 31, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.


posted on Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 9:15 am  
I’ve been beating on President Obama so much lately that I’ve been accused of being, God forbid, a Republican.

My pro-Obama friends have told me over and over that the president is pro-Israel, and they quote administration spokespersons about the relationship being closer than ever, and they quote the president’s comments about the “unbreakable bond” and about “having Israel’s back.”

They tell me that nothing’s changed, that this administration is as pro-Israel as any previous one, Democratic or Republican, and I needn’t fear that a reelected President Obama will punish Israel.

With all due respect, they are full of it.

The Washington Free Beacon compared the 2012 Democratic platform— the Obama platform — with the 2008 and 2004 models. What they found is shocking:
Several pro-Israel sections of the 2008 Democratic Party platform have been removed from the 2012 platform—on Jerusalem, Palestinian refugees, and Hamas. The new platform represents another shift by the Obama Democrats toward the Palestinian position on key issues in the peace process.
For Jerusalem, the new platform has been brought into line with the Obama administration’s policy of not recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and supporting its division. Jerusalem is unmentioned in the 2012 document, whereas the 2008 and 2004 Democratic Party platforms declared “Jerusalem is and will remain the capital of Israel…It should remain an undivided city accessible to people of all faiths.” The Obama administration’s refusal to recognize Jerusalem has been a point of significant controversy in recent months.
On the issue of Palestinian refugees, the new document has removed language from the 2004 and 2008 platforms specifying that Palestinian “refugees” should be settled in a future Palestinian state, not in Israel.
The 2004 platform: “The creation of a Palestinian state should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel.”
The 2008 platform: The peace process “should resolve the issue of Palestinian refugees by allowing them to settle there, rather than in Israel.”
The 2012 platform contains no language on the matter.
Previously, Obama has incorporated the Palestinian positions on Jerusalem and borders into his administration’s policies. It appears that with his party’s new platform, he is also doing so with refugees.
Gone as well is the language from 2008 on the terrorist group Hamas, which currently controls the Gaza Strip. That platform declared, “The United States and its Quartet partners should continue to isolate Hamas until it renounces terrorism, recognizes Israel’s right to exist, and abides by past agreements.”
The 2012 platform contains no mention of Hamas.
Previous platforms also contained promises to maintain Israel’s “qualitative military edge” in the region. The 2008 platform, for example, spoke of a “commitment which requires us to ensure that Israel retains a qualitative edge for its national security and its right to self-defense.” The 2012 platform mentions only that “[t]he administration has also worked to ensure Israel’s qualitative military edge in the region,” with no commitment to doing so in the future.

There is no question of pro-GOP journalistic spin here. These are entirely objective comparisons that anyone can verify.

If you are a Democrat who cares about Israel’s survival — yes, it is that critical — while opposing Romney-Ryan for other reasons, you have a very difficult choice to make in November.

Just don’t make it on the basis of the reassuring lies the Obama campaign is telling about his commitment to Israel.