. . . 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.”
WORDS MATTER (BtB, August 2010):
Back in the summer of 2008 - months before our nation went totally wacko and inconceivably elected to the presidency a man whose family of origin was dysfunctional, whose records (from kindergarten through Harvard) were sealed, whose executive experience was nonexistent and whose past associations and even citizenship were questionable - Candidate Obama took four different positions on Jerusalem in the space of two months.
... he started with "let me be clear," and [but] ended up at "can't tell you my feeling."
(1) let me be clear, Jerusalem must remain undivided;
(2) I just meant there should not be barbed wire between the divisions;
(3) the Clinton partition plan for dividing Jerusalem is a starting point for negotiations;
and (4) undivided, re-divided -- just "one of those final status decisions" to be made by Israel and the Palestinians, can't tell you my feeling.