From the Weekly Sandard:
State Dept. Again Refuses to Name Capital of Israel!
6:52 PM, Sep 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
The State Department today again refused to name the capital of Israel, even after being questioned by the press and even after the Democratic party (President Obama’s party) voted yesterday to add language to its platform stating that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
Here’s the remarkable exchange from today’s press briefing, with reporters and press secretary Patrick Ventrell:
QUESTION: On Israel?
MR. VENTRELL: Yeah.
MR. VENTRELL: Well, as you know, longstanding Administration policy, both in this Administration and in previous administrations across both parties, is that the status of Jerusalem is an issue that should be resolved in final status negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. So that’s longstanding Administration policy and continues to be so.
QUESTION: I mean, no city is recognized as a capital by the U.S. Government?
MR. VENTRELL: Again, I just stated our position, and it’s one we’ve said here many times before.
QUESTION: That means Jerusalem is not a part of Israel?
MR. VENTRELL: What it means is that the status of Jerusalem must be resolved in final status negotiations.
Contributor: CJ in TX
Previous Resistors’ Log entry:
September 5, 2012
Sam Sewell of The Steady Drip comments:
Three times they asked the floor to do a voice vote. All three times the Democratic Delegates showed significant displeasure in including God and Jerusalem to be part of the Democratic Platform.
The moderator declared the motion passed even though it was far from clear that there was the required 2/3 vote. The true nature of the Democratic Party is very clear. They are Godless antisemites.
I would add, not in their defense, that at least they were more honest in handling voice votes than the Republican National Convention was! – for awhile.